I want to be one of the first to wish you a lovely Valentine’s Day. Whether you are spending it with a loved one or just pampering yourself, here is a sweet treat I wanted to share with you in honor of St. Valentine: Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies.
As you might notice from these pictures, not all my hand pies are the same. Lesson #1 about hand pies: you can’t fit a ton of filling, so it becomes all about the crust. I tried several different variations in order to give you the best version possible, and the final champion was a strawberry filling complemented by shaved dark chocolate inside of a puff pastry crust. FYI: Using a pre-made refrigerated pie dough is NOT a good substitute for these, they will end up as a mouthful of dull and brittle paper. The ease and beauty of frozen puff pastry won out against the extra steps to make a good pie dough, with a taste reminiscent of a jelly-filled doughnut – making these perfect for dessert or breakfast!
For my hand pies I used a pie cutout and press; however, these can be just as easily made with a large circular biscuit or cookie cutter and sealed with the tines of a fork. I do have my eye on this set of four beautiful Le Creuset Mini Cherry Pie Dishes over at Sur La Table as an individual pie option that is more about the filling than these hand pies.
I do hope you’re safe and warm wherever you are, because it is snowing like crazy here in NC…. I think I was praying for a good snow this winter a little too fervently 😉 . Below is a little friend who was hanging out in our tree this morning outside my office window, distracting me from the recipe.
So head inside after your day of sledding and cozy up with a few of these little pastries to celebrate with your valentine. Also, is it just me, but are bright gerber daisies way more romantic than roses? These red ones I found (for a quarter the cost, by the way) look like the offspring of a rose and a sunflower… how much better can it get?