Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 30th August 2013

My mom stopped by for a visit the other day and she came bearing gifts, a basket overflowing with the most beautiful, plump and juicy blackberries from her garden. I wanted to make a sweet treat for mom highlighting the blackberries and the first thing that came to mind was pie. Mom loves pie!

Blackberry Hand Pies displayed in a row on rectangle-shaped, white textured serving dish.

Unfortunately Mom lives by herself and a large pie just wouldn’t do so I thought I would make hand pies. She can freeze the individual pies and take one out when she fancies a blackberry treat.

Berry Hand Pies on baking paper lined rimmed baking sheet ready for baking.

Mom’s been very fortunate this year her blackberry bushes are bursting with berries (almost too many) and the berries are sweet and juicy. The best thing about using in season, freshly picked berries, you don’t have to do much to them to make them sing.

Image taken looking down on freshly baked Berry Hand Pies lightly coated with warm blackberry glaze.

I tossed them in a little sugar and finely grated a little orange zest over top. Lemon zest would’ve been better but the large basket of lemons I purchased at the market mysteriously disappeared. It wasn’t hard to figure out who the culprit was, my son, Matt eats lemons like they are oranges.

Close up photo of a Blackberry Hand Pie on white dessert dish lined with baking paper.

These hand pies are kid friendly, perfect after school snack or lunchbox treat. When the kids were younger I would make a large batch, freeze them and then bake off in the morning. They’re so simple to make, which makes them ideal when you’re entertaining a crowd too.

Close up photo of individual Blackberry Pies displayed on baking paper.

This was my first taste of sour cream pastry and I really enjoyed it. The pastry dough is extremely soft (chilling the pastry in between is a must) but it’s rich and tender. I also prepared a cream cheese filling for the pies, again it’s very simple to make but it adds another layer of flavour and texture. I enriched the filling with egg yolk and flavoured with vanilla seeds. Vanilla and blackberries are perfect together.

Photo of mini moon-shaped  Hand Pies displayed on dark wooden board.

I love fresh fruit and as much as I enjoy fresh blackberries, cooked blackberries taste so much better. I feel the same about apricots.  I can’t believe I’m going to say this because at one time the thought of preparing pie crust was a daunting task for me but pies are so easy to make and they’re a great way to highlight seasonal fruit.

A photo of freshly baked blackberry Hand Pies displayed on dark wooden board lined with baking paper.

The ripe blackberries with their natural juices paired so well with the creaminess of the cheese filling. The hints of vanilla enhanced flavour and sweetness. To bring blackberry flavour to the delicate pastry, I lightly brushed the surface of the hand pies with warm blackberry glaze immediately after removing them from the oven, which made them glisten (we eat with out eyes first).

A photo of a stack of Blackberry Hand Pies on white dessert dish.

These blackberry hand pies were so tasty!

Close up photo of blackberry hand pies displayed on marble pastry board.

Happy Friday!

A photo of two moon-shaped mini Blackberry Pies on white dessert dish.

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Comments (5)

5 Responses to “Blackberry Hand Pies”

  1. Marlene Says:

    These are simply lovely! I’ve made many pies, but never a hand pie. They seem so practical for transporting for lunches, not to mention an excellent choice for those of us who really, really like to eat the pastry.

  2. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    It appears we have something in common Marlene, I love pastry!

  3. Kumar's Kitchen Says:

    adorable hand pies…perfect way to celebrate the soon ending berry season here….yes that is what we will be doing…freeze ahead and make warm for breakfast,loved this idea…makes life so much easier :-)

  4. Says:

    Crunchy Blackberry Hand Pies! Nice recipe

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