Heart Shaped Fruit Hand Pies – A Romantic Dessert

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I wanted to make a fun dessert for Valentine’s Day. The hubby loves pie but I was not in the mood for a full on pie so I thought about mini pies but then I thought about it and wanted to try something different so I decided to make hand pies. Heart shaped fruit hand pies as a matter of fact – they were the perfect dessert for our dinner.

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How To Make Heart Shaped Fruit Hand Pies

Makes 9

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 TBS cold, unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 – 3 TBS ice water (more if needed)

For the Fillings:

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  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup cherries, cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, cut in small pieces
  • 3 tsp powdered sugar, divided
  • water
  • 1 egg mixed with a splash of water
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp butter
  • edible glitter if desired

Make the Crust:

  • Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt.
  • Using a pastry blender or two knives cut in the butter and shortening
  • Add 3 TBS of the ice water. Mix with a fork. If you need to add more water to get the dough to come together do so a teaspoon at a time.
  • Do not over mix.
  • Gather the mixture into a ball, remove to a surface lightly dusted with flour and knead a few times to form a cohesive dough.
  • Form into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • While the dough is resting mix each type of fruit with a tsp of powdered sugar and set aside.
  • Dust your surface with a little bit of flour and roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thick

cut out hearts

  • Using a 4″ heart shaped cookie cutter cut out as many as you can.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • When all the dough has been used put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to chill the dough hearts for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 400

fill pies

  • Place about a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half of fruit in the center of a heart.
  • Top with a second heart and press around the edges with a fork. Cut an X at center to let steam escape.

place hearts on baking sheet

  • Brush the hearts with the egg wash and sprinkle the tops with sugar in the raw if desired
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 22- 25 minutes, turning once during baking, until the hearts are golden brown.

cool on rack

  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.

drizzle with chocolate

  • Melt the chocolate with the tsp of butter and drizzle over the baked hearts
  • Sprinkle with edible glitter if desired

How Were the Heart Shaped Fruit Hand Pies?

They were quite tasty if I do say so myself. I will admit they are rustic but we both enjoyed them very much. One is just the perfect size for a nice bit of sweet after dinner or for a snack. The dough is flaky, the fruit filling is still slightly tart and the chocolate does what chocolate does best. These would be the perfect ending to any romantic dinner. Not a super fancy celebration dessert but a good one.

 

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