Blackberry Basil Hand Pies, All Ages Love Them

Blackberry Basil Hand Pies, All Ages Love Them

By TheSweetNerd  

May 23, 2016

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins



3 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" pieces

1/2 cup ice cold water

Blackberry Fruit Mixture

1 cup blackberries, cut in half

1/3 cup apple grated

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/8 cup sugar

1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

dash of kosher salt

1 large egg for eggwash - whisked with 1 teaspoon water

sanding sugar or raw sugar for finish



1Food Processor: Pulse flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter pieces and pulse until texture is like coarse meal. Add the water a bit at a time until dough comes together in clumps. (you may not use all the water, but close to it). Form into a square, wrap in plastic, and chill until firm (about 2 hours). Can be made 3 days ahead. Let stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before rolling out.

Blackberry Fruit Mixture

1Combine blackberries, apple, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, basil, and salt.


1Roll dough and cut into rectangular shapes or use round cutter. For the rectangular shape, you can roll out dough on a floured surface to a 15x12 rectangle. Cut into 6 rectangles. For the rounds, I used a 2" round scalloped cutter.

2Brush the edges of the cut-outs with the eggwash.

3Next place a dollop of blackberry fruit mixture in the center (don't overdue it!).

4Fold dough over and press edges to seal for rectangular shape. Or place rounds on top of one another and press down lightly in order to 'seal' the small hand-pie.

5Next, use a fork to seal the perimeter of the pie. Apply egg white wash and sprinkle sugar on top.

6Lastly, make a small slit with a paring knife in the center top of the mini-pie shape.

7Use a silpat or line a sheet with parchment paper for baking handpies.

8Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, rotating sheet half-way through until juices are bubbling and pastry is golden brown.

9Serve warm or at room temperature.


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