Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies

In Desserts, Holidays, Oven by Mandi Flake3 Comments

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.

Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies Recipe

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!

Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies Recipe

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.

Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies Recipe

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.

Winter Dove

 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?

Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies

Yields 4

Simple, easy hand pie that won't fail to impress.

30 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (17.3 ounces) package frozen puff pastry, defrosted on the counter for an hour (or any recipe you prefer for a homemade double pie crust)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and diced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 ounce dark chocolate
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the sugar, water, cornstarch and strawberries to a simmer and lower the heat and allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Using a vegetable peeler or small knife, shred the ounce of chocolate into the strawberries, stirring to mix.
  5. Allow the strawberry mixture to cool to room temperature (you can even place it in the fridge to speed up the process).
  6. Meanwhile, prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Unfold the two sheets of puff pastry and gently roll out any rough edges or tears. Use either a 4 inch round or heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out 8 shapes in the dough.
  8. In a small bowl beat the egg with a fork.
  9. Take one cutout of dough in your hand, pressing the dough down into the hollow of your hand to hold the filling in place.
  10. Add about 2 tablespoons of the strawberry filling into the dough.
  11. Use a pastry brush to brush the beaten egg liberally onto the edges of the dough, and then place a second cutout on top of the filling, pressing the edges together to seal. You can either use a crimper or the tines of a fork to indent the edges to help the packet adhere.
  12. Place the pie on the baking sheet and then brush the top with egg and sprinkle on additional sugar or chocolate shavings.
  13. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the tops are puffed and golden brown.
  14. Allow the pies to cool and then enjoy!
Recipe Type: Dessert
6.6.15
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  2. I love hand pies and these are so cute! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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