I was going to say that summer is the season of pie but then it just hit me that pie really doesn’t have a season and it’s perfect all year round. However, there are some pies more suited to summer like my absolute favorite, blueberry pie and we’ve made it an even more approachable summer snack by making it handheld. There is nothing you should look forward to more than these easy blueberry hand pies for your summertime gathering.
Pie crust may be one of the most highly debated recipes on the internet. Some people think you ought to put vodka in it, some people suggest ice water, some people suggest freezing butter, grating it in a cheese grater and then incorporating it into your flour mixture, and I personally think none of them are right in entirety.
I’ve tried all the different methods and I either end up with overly flaky crusts or rubbery crusts, but it seems that a consistently good pie crust is always out of reach unless you use Southern Baked Pie company’s ready-made pie crust.
If you haven’t been to Southern Baked Pie in Atlanta, it truly is one of my favorite pie places and the most distinguishable thing about their pies is how consistently golden brown and flaky the pie crust is.
Using their ready-made pie crust, I was able to whip these hand pies up and yielding the same perfectly crisp and gold brown crust that I was looking for. I highly recommend trying their boxed pie crust at home to yield that perfect crust that you’re aiming for.
Whipping up pie has never been easier thanks to this super easy blueberry hand pie recipe.
- 1 box Southern Baked Pie Crust Mix chilled
- 12 ounces cold butter cubed
- 1/4 cup ice water
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 1/4 cup sugar divided
- 1/2 lemon zested
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp water
Remove the pie crust mix from cardboard box and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Once chilled, pour contents out into a metal bowl and add the cubed cold butter. Working quickly with your hands, pinch the butter into the flour until it leaves behind a sand-like texture.
Slowly drizzle in ice water, one tbsp at a time until you can form a dough ball and the dough sticks together just enough without crumbling away.
Wrap in plastic wrap and put into the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
When ready to make your hand pies, remove from fridge and roll out into a 1/4 thick round on a floured marble slab. Cut 6" circles out of the dough and place onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Combine blueberries, sugar, lemon zest and cornstarch into a bowl.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Whisk together the egg and tbsp of water to make an egg wash.
Using a pastry brush, brush the rim of the 6" round of dough with roughly 1" of egg wash on the edge.
Use a spoon to spoon about 1/4 cup of filling into the middle of the mixture.
Carefully take one edge and fold the pie in half, being careful not to rip the dough and pressing the edges firmly onto the other side. Repeat for remaining hand pies.
Using a fork, press the edges of each hand pie together to create decorative ridges, this step is optional but it does look nice. Then using a small sharp knife, slice three slits in the middle filling area of the hand pie to allow steam to vent while it cooks.
Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the hand pies with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar to finish.
Place hand pies in the oven and bake for 15-20 minute until the tops of the pies turn deep golden brown. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack for minimally 30 minutes or overnight.