Rustic Blueberry Hand Pies

Yes, I’m still on a berry bender. These buttery, golden pies are (over-)stuffed with jammy, bursting blueberries.

I love “rustic”. It turns something knobbly and handmade into something artisinal and lovely.

So here, we have rustic hand pies – charming, if lumpy and irregular.

The crust is a gorgeous all-butter pastry. It takes only a minute to whip up in a food processor, but it is infinitely better if you let it chill overnight in the fridge – flakier, more tender, and easier to work with – so I recommend planning ahead by a day.

It’s Deb’s recipe from her Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I’ve had more success with her formula (by weight) than I have with any other.

I froze the pies right away once cool – we have been rewarming them in the oven for a breakfast worth waking up for.

I’m practicing the art of blogging while baby naps in my arms. And… he just woke up! So short and sweet! XO

Ingredients

For Pastry:

  • 2 1/2 cups (315 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (225 grams/2 sticks) cold butter, cut in 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water

For Filling

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

For assembling:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp water

For icing:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp water

Preparation

For Pastry:

  1. Combine flour, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse a few times. Sprinkle butter over top and pulse until butter pieces are about the size of peas. Scatter ice water over and pulse again a few times until a shaggy dough forms.
  2. Turn dough out onto a floured counter. Gather the dough into two cohesive lumps of equal size and pat them into discs. Wrap dough discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or for at least two hours.

For filling:

  1. In a medium bowl, toss blueberries with corn starch, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest.

To assemble:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Working with one disc at a time, roll dough into a rectangle (approximately 16″ by 11″ wide). Trim edges to make straight lines. Use a knife or pastry wheel to cut dough crosswise into 5 equal strips.
  3. Place 2 heaping tablespoonfuls of blueberries on one end of each dough strip, then fold over and pinch edges to seal. Use a sharp paring knife to cut two 1″ slits in the tops of each pie. Transfer pies to parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with second disc of dough.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk with 2 tsp water. Brush pies with the egg wash. Bake pies for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

To make icing:

  1. Whisk together confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and water. Drizzle over warm pies in a zigzag fashion.
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Karagoldsborough
Karagoldsborough
9 years ago

This looks awesome! I think I may use some leftover turkey!!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Fantastic idea!!

HelenShideler
HelenShideler
9 years ago

Hmm, I have memories of this – my young daughter in the kitchen – me singing out instructions… hey – this was me and you :). Β Comfort food at it’s finest

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  HelenShideler

πŸ™‚

Laurie R Young
Laurie R Young
9 years ago

So true….the grocery store checkout scene can be a shocker.Β  Breathe and smile people!Β  I’m making this with my leftovers.Β  Thank you for posting it!!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Laurie R Young

You’re very welcome, enjoy!!

PencilKitchen
9 years ago

anything chowder is perfect for me right now!

Foodessa
Foodessa
9 years ago

First, I can get addicted to a soup like this one…potatoes are my weakness…and corn is not to far behind.
Thanks Mom πŸ˜‰

Crazy, angry, frustrated people are just not worth it.Β  I really do try to pick my battles, however, admittedly, still mouth off to a rude person once and a while.Β  I really need to work a little more on my distancing skills ;o)

Have a great day Jennifer and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Foodessa

Thanks Claudia! πŸ™‚

donna@unscriptedmind.com
9 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

Angela K.
Angela K.
9 years ago

I just made this for ‘Mexican night’ at a friends house, and wanted to share with you I mixed in about a cup of salsa verde! Added a little bit of a nice kick! Great recipe, too delicious!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago
Reply to  Angela K.

Great idea, sounds delicious!

Vicky
9 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon!Β 

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
9 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish πŸ™‚Β 

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
9 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil πŸ™‚Β 

donna@unscriptedmind.com
9 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

Vicky
9 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon!Β 

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
9 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish πŸ™‚Β 

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
9 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil πŸ™‚Β 

HelenShideler
HelenShideler
9 years ago

Hmm, I have memories of this – my young daughter in the kitchen – me singing out instructions… hey – this was me and you :).  Comfort food at it’s finest

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  HelenShideler

πŸ™‚

Laurie R Young
Laurie R Young
9 years ago

So true….the grocery store checkout scene can be a shocker.  Breathe and smile people!  I’m making this with my leftovers.  Thank you for posting it!!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Laurie R Young

You’re very welcome, enjoy!!

PencilKitchen
2 years ago

anything chowder is perfect for me right now!

donna@unscriptedmind.com
2 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

Vicky
2 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon! 

Foodessa
Foodessa
2 years ago

First, I can get addicted to a soup like this one…potatoes are my weakness…and corn is not to far behind.
Thanks Mom πŸ˜‰

Crazy, angry, frustrated people are just not worth it.  I really do try to pick my battles, however, admittedly, still mouth off to a rude person once and a while.  I really need to work a little more on my distancing skills ;o)

Have a great day Jennifer and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Foodessa

Thanks Claudia! πŸ™‚

Angela K.
Angela K.
2 years ago

I just made this for ‘Mexican night’ at a friends house, and wanted to share with you I mixed in about a cup of salsa verde! Added a little bit of a nice kick! Great recipe, too delicious!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Angela K.

Great idea, sounds delicious!

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish :-) 

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
9 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil :-) 

Karagoldsborough
Karagoldsborough
2 years ago

This looks awesome! I think I may use some leftover turkey!!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Fantastic idea!!

Vicky
2 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon! 

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish :-) 

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil :-) 

donna@unscriptedmind.com
2 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

Laurie R Young
Laurie R Young
2 years ago

So true….the grocery store checkout scene can be a shocker.&#160 Breathe and smile people!&#160 I’m making this with my leftovers.&#160 Thank you for posting it!!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Laurie R Young

You’re very welcome, enjoy!!

PencilKitchen
2 years ago

anything chowder is perfect for me right now!

donna@unscriptedmind.com
2 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

HelenShideler
HelenShideler
2 years ago

Hmm, I have memories of this – my young daughter in the kitchen – me singing out instructions… hey – this was me and you :). &#160Comfort food at it’s finest

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  HelenShideler

πŸ™‚

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish :-)&#160

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil :-)&#160

Angela K.
Angela K.
2 years ago

I just made this for ‘Mexican night’ at a friends house, and wanted to share with you I mixed in about a cup of salsa verde! Added a little bit of a nice kick! Great recipe, too delicious!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Angela K.

Great idea, sounds delicious!

Vicky
2 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon!&#160

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish :-)&#160

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil :-)&#160

Karagoldsborough
Karagoldsborough
2 years ago

This looks awesome! I think I may use some leftover turkey!!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Fantastic idea!!

donna@unscriptedmind.com
2 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

Foodessa
Foodessa
2 years ago

First, I can get addicted to a soup like this one…potatoes are my weakness…and corn is not to far behind.
Thanks Mom πŸ˜‰

Crazy, angry, frustrated people are just not worth it.&#160 I really do try to pick my battles, however, admittedly, still mouth off to a rude person once and a while.&#160 I really need to work a little more on my distancing skills ;o)

Have a great day Jennifer and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Foodessa

Thanks Claudia! πŸ™‚

Vicky
2 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon!&#160

donna@unscriptedmind.com
2 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

PencilKitchen
2 years ago

anything chowder is perfect for me right now!

Vicky
2 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon!&#160

Angela K.
Angela K.
2 years ago

I just made this for ‘Mexican night’ at a friends house, and wanted to share with you I mixed in about a cup of salsa verde! Added a little bit of a nice kick! Great recipe, too delicious!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Angela K.

Great idea, sounds delicious!

Laurie R Young
Laurie R Young
2 years ago

So true….the grocery store checkout scene can be a shocker.&#160 Breathe and smile people!&#160 I’m making this with my leftovers.&#160 Thank you for posting it!!

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Laurie R Young

You’re very welcome, enjoy!!

HelenShideler
HelenShideler
2 years ago

Hmm, I have memories of this – my young daughter in the kitchen – me singing out instructions… hey – this was me and you :). &#160Comfort food at it’s finest

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  HelenShideler

πŸ™‚

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish :-)&#160

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil :-)&#160

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
2 years ago

i added red peppers diced to this recipe or thin slices served on top for when company is invited over. it adds colour n flavour to sumfin dat appears dull but is abso delish :-)&#160

Dseth6872
Dseth6872
9 years ago
Reply to  Dseth6872

n i use real corn on the cob instead of canned corn. plus i cook my chicken separately in olive oil :-)&#160

donna@unscriptedmind.com
2 years ago

Looks like a warm bowl of deliciousness! Chowders are my favorites during the cooler months.

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Thanks Donna, me too!

Karagoldsborough
Karagoldsborough
2 years ago

This looks awesome! I think I may use some leftover turkey!!

Jennifer Pallian
9 years ago

Fantastic idea!!

Foodessa
Foodessa
2 years ago

First, I can get addicted to a soup like this one…potatoes are my weakness…and corn is not to far behind.
Thanks Mom πŸ˜‰

Crazy, angry, frustrated people are just not worth it.&#160 I really do try to pick my battles, however, admittedly, still mouth off to a rude person once and a while.&#160 I really need to work a little more on my distancing skills ;o)

Have a great day Jennifer and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Jennifer Pallian
2 years ago
Reply to  Foodessa

Thanks Claudia! πŸ™‚

Vicky
2 years ago

Sounds delicious! I’ve been on a soup kick lately and definitely want to try this soon!&#160

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