What’s not to like about hand pies, especially these heart-shaped Sweet Cherry Hand Pies. These little packages of flaky pastry with a fruity filling do not require a fork or knife, they don’t even need a plate. What is great about these pies is they are really a no fuss, no mess kind of dessert.
Dark red cherries in a flaky brown crust – oh yeah!
Hand pies are so adaptable to a variety of fruit and savory fillings, these are some of my favorites:
- Apple and Cranberry
- Apricot and Brie
- Blueberry Lemon
- Strawberry and Rhubarb
- Tomato and Mozzarella
Don’t those all sound so good?
Now, what’s your favorite shape for a hand pie? I had to go with hearts today because I have this nifty pie press, but a circle or square is easy to do and you can also use cookie cutters for some great shapes.
The crust for these hand pies may be the best part because it is so buttery and flaky. See all those pieces of butter in the pastry, that is what you want to see when rolling out your dough. The melting butter creates stem in the pastry that creates the flaky layers in your dough. Adding a dusting of sugar on top of the pies creates a nice caramelization and adds even more flavor to your pies, because it’s really all about flavor, right?
You have choices for the cherry filling. I made mine from frozen dark cherries, or you can use canned cherries. And, if you like you can use canned cherry pie filling. No matter what you use your hand pies will still be amazing.
The kitchen is all cleaned up and its time to enjoy a sweet cherry pie.
If you love cherries as much as I do try this Grilled Cherry Pandowdy recipe.
Here are two hand pie presses you might like. Not only are they good for hand pies, but they are great for sandwiches too.
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