Strawberry Hand Pies

What’s a girl to bake when she is in desperate need of going to the grocery store but is too lazy to actually go??  Well, she digs in her kitchen and gets creative.  Frozen pie dough scraps, fresh strawberries, and a few pantry staples led to this recipe for Strawberry Hand Pies!  I played Top Chef and whipped up these little beauties.  Given the never disappointing taste of strawberries and a flaky, butter crust, I like to think the judges would not utter the words “pack your knives and go.”

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From: Spoonfulosugar
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

One large pie crust (store-bought or your favorite recipe)
12-16 large strawberries
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.

Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries and place in a medium saucepan.  Add the sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Take off the heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Roll out pie dough to about 1/4 inch in thickness on a floured surface.  Cut out 4-inch circles.  Place the pie circles on the prepared baking sheet.  Spoon the strawberries onto half of each pie crust.  Fold over the crust to form a half-moon and seal the edges with a fork.  Wipe off any excess juice from the baking sheet.  Bake for 35 minutes or until the pies are golden brown.  Cool and enjoy!

Look what I found in the bottom of our tiny freezer: pie dough!

Look what I found in the bottom of our tiny freezer: pie dough!

Roll out the dough and find a circular object, about 4 inches in diameter, in your kitchen.  I went with a bowl.

Roll out the dough and find a circular object, about 4 inches in diameter, in your kitchen. I went with a bowl.

Cut out circles.

Cut out circles.

Wash your strawberries.  I found that 2 strawberries per circle works quite nicely.

Wash your strawberries. I found that 2 strawberries per circle works quite nicely.

Slice up the strawberries and place in a saucepan.

Slice up the strawberries and place in a saucepan.

Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch,  and a dash of vanilla to the pot.

Add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, and a dash of vanilla to the pot.  Stir it up.

Bring the mixture up to a boil, then let it cool slightly.

Bring the mixture up to a boil, then let it cool slightly.

Spoon the strawberries onto half of each piece of dough.  I used a slotted spoon in hopes that my strawberry juice would not get out of hand.

Spoon the strawberries onto half of each piece of dough. I used a slotted spoon in hopes that my strawberry juice would not get out of hand.

Fold over the dough to form a half moon and seal the edges with a fork.  Keep all of the strawberries inside of the dough.

Fold over the dough to form a half-moon and seal the edges with a fork. Keep all of the strawberries inside of the dough.

Clean up some of the juice that leaks out of the pies.

Clean up some of the juice that leaked out of the pies with a paper towel.

Since an egg wash wasn't possible (one of the things our fridge seems to have run out of), I brushed a little milk on the tops of the pies.  This will help create a pretty color on the tops of the pies.  An egg wash would be prefered, then you'll get a nice glossy finish to the pies.

Since an egg wash wasn’t possible (one of the things our fridge seems to have run out of), I brushed a little milk on the tops of the pies. This will help create a pretty color on the tops of the pies. An egg wash is prefered, then you’ll get a nice glossy finish to the pies.

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until the tops of the pies are turning golden brown.

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes or until the tops of the pies have turned golden brown.  Cool & enjoy!

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