Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blackberry-Apple Hand Pies

It's nice when something just comes together without a ton of effort or planning. Take these blackberry hand pies; they were something we always wanted to try, so we included them in an end-of-summer, no-utensils-needed dinner. Old-fashioned in the best way, these mini pies had the same feel of the original kind, just without any frying happening.

Blackberry-Apple Hand Pies

For the crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup semolina flour
1/3 cup olive oil
pinch of sea salt
ice water (just enough for it to come together into a ball)

Put the first four ingredients in the food processor. While it is running, drizzle in the water until the crust comes together and spins around the sides. Wrap it up in plastic and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours.

For the filling:

2 cups blackberries, mashed
1 pink lady apple, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon cornstarch
pinch of cinnamon
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup sugar

Put it all in a saucepan and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Let mixture cool and put it in the fridge.

Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch width using just a little flour on your surface and rolling pin. Cut 4-in squares. Spoon about 2 tbsp. of the cooled blackberry mixture in the middle of the square. Whisk up an egg yolk with a little water and brush it on two edges of the square of dough. Fold the dough over to make a triangle and pinch the edges together tightly. Brush the pie with the egg wash and sprinkle sugar over before baking a tray of them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. (These can be served with ricotta mixed with honey for extra richness.)

1 comment:

Mouse said...

This recipe looks fab! I'm finally getting the hang of making pie crusts and this looks fun. Thx for sharing!