July 22, 2013

Rustic Blueberry Hand Pies

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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


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


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

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

  • HelenShideler

    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

  • Laurie R Young

    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!!

  • anything chowder is perfect for me right now!

  • Foodessa

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

    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,

  • donna@unscriptedmind.com

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

  • Angela K.

    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!

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

  • Dseth6872

    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

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


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