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Strawberry Hand Pies

Closer up photo of a cut open Strawberry Hand Pies

Ingredients

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Pastry:

  • 250g all purpose flour
  • 20g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 5g sugar
  • 125150ml lukewarm water
  • Canola Oil for frying
  • Sugar to top 

Filling:

  • 200g of strawberries, sliced into small pieces 
  • ¼ tsp lemon zest and 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 15g sugar
  • Dash of salt 
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom

 

Instructions

  • Begin by combining flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl
  • Add in the melted butter and water and combine and knead the dough by hand until a firm, smooth ball is formed (usually about 5 minutes). You may need to add a dash or two more water along the way if things are not coming together. 
  • Cover with wrap and place in the fridge.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. 
  • To a medium bowl, add in your prepared strawberries, lemon zest and juice, sugar, salt and cardamom. Combine and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, put your strawberry filling through a strainer, being sure to collect the juice that has strained through.
  • Microwave the juice in 30 second intervals until it has halved in size. Add the juice back to your bowl of filling, then add in the cornstarch and stir to combine.  
  • Remove the dough from the fridge. On a floured work surface, begin to roll out the dough into a rectangle to about a ¼ inch thick. 
  • Cut out at least 12 equal rectangles from the dough. I like to use a pizza cutter here.
  • On 6 of the dough rectangles, place no more than 1-2 tbsp of filling in the center of each round.
  • Brush a light amount of water around the edges of the dough rectangles. This will help seal the edges together. 
  • Place the other 6 rectangles on top of the filled pieces creating the hand pie. You may need to stretch out the pieces just a bit. Press down using a fork, seal down the edges of your dough rounds.
  • Using a knife or a lame, slice two criss-cross lines in the center of each round so it looks like a little mini pie!
  • In a saucepan, heat canola oil over medium high heat until it reaches 350degrees F. 
  • Drop each pie into the heated canola oil for 30 – 60seconds, until lightly browned.
  • Immediately remove the pies and place onto a paper towel to drain the excess liquid. 
  • Sprinkle the pies with sugar on top while the pies are still warm. 
  • Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate!