Sweet, flaky pastry crusts are filled with a medley of berries for a sweet treat that is not only ‘berry’ delicious but also sure to please your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
So, I’ve got a question for you today. Are you feeling the love?
I’m not someone who gets caught up in the schmaltz of Valentine’s Day, but I do consider myself a romantic at heart. To those who are feeling particularly anxious about the upcoming holiday, or those feeling a little downcast, I’ve got a sweet treat for you today that will instantly melt away those blues and heal your wounds. Enter today’s recipe, Mixed Berry Hand Pies.
So, this Valentine’s Day, I hope your heart is full. If you have someone special in your life let them know it, and if you don’t particularly have a ‘valentine’ then give the day new meaning. Whether it be offering a helping hand, making an unexpected visit (with some homemade hand pies 😉 ) , or just a friendly smile, remember love comes in many forms, and no one should be excluded on Valentine’s Day.
Now, without further delay, let’s jump into today’s recipe so you can go whip up a batch of these for all the special people in your life.
All in the Details
For today’s crust I’ve added baking powder and instead of cold water, I used milk. The baking powder ensures a tender and flaky crust, while the milk adds a bit of richness to the all-butter dough. Be sure to chill it in the fridge for at least half an hour. It’s a rule of baking that you always want to work with a chilled dough when making pie crust.
As for the filling itself, you can use either blueberries or strawberries, but today I used both. I cooked the batter down in a small saucepan prior to filling the pies, and for subtle warmth and added sweetness, I used vanilla and cardamom. Since you cook the fruit filling down for this recipe, you can easily swap and make an apple or peach filling, you can even use a combination of stone fruits and berries. The filling is fairly versatile which is just another reason you’ll love this recipe.
I’m all about the finishing touches when it comes to baking and today is certainly no exception. Before baking, sprinkle the pies with raw sugar and if you’re looking to be a little more festive, add some red sugar crystals. With whatever pie dough that is left, make cutout hearts to top each pie as well. If you prefer not to sprinkle with sugar, simply brush each pie with an egg wash and bake until golden. Once the pies have cooled, drizzle with a simple icing (see the recipe card notes for how to make an easy icing drizzle).
More Recipes to Love By
1) Spaghetti Carbonara – With just a handful of ingredients and a short amount of time, you can have an effortlessly elegant meal ready with this classic carbonara.
2) Fig & Apricot Chicken Thighs – Sweet apricots and figs are served over crispy baked chicken thighs for a quick gourmet meal.
3) Chocolate Covered Strawberries – Because nothing says ‘I love you’ more than something homemade. Chocolate dipped strawberries are easier to make than you think and a lot more fun than buying in my opinion.
4) Sweet Wine Cake – This cake is a combination of fresh fruit and sweet Moscato, swathed in a moist vanilla cake with just a a hint of orange zest.
5) Ultimate Chocolate Cake – I usually reserve this one for celebrations but it is a holiday after all and how can you celebrate Valentine’s Day without chocolate? Swap the party sprinkles with sliced strawberries or pink and red heart shaped sprinkles.
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