Sweet Cherry Hand Pies
I can’t believe it has been almost two weeks since the last post! What a crazy whirlwind it has been around here! I just celebrated my twenty-ninth trip around the sun and let me tell you it was one of the best birthdays yet! My husband planned out an entire weekend for us in San Fransisco and I was so elated to get on that plane because I had never been to this magical city before. I know it is so crazy to think that it took me this long to get there but I finally made it! What an incredible place. We spent three days there, sightseeing, eating, and of course, drinking. We really maxed out our efforts and filled every minute with a memory that I will never forget. It was so beautiful and I already can not wait to go back. The Irish coffees at the Buena Vista are calling my name! When we got back from our trip, I only had a few days to catch up with work and then I was diving head first into another celebration; my best friend’s baby shower. It was such a gorgeous party and everything went off with out a hitch. She and her soon-to-be little princess were ridiculously spoiled and it was so beautiful to see all the love around her. I can not wait to meet that little baby girl and my heart is so full for the both of them.
So, after all the craziness I am finally back. I was having a bit of an internal battle deciding on what my next post would be and I decided to retouch on a recipe that had failed me a few months ago. It is really awful when you work so hard on a recipe only to find out that it either tastes horrible or that it doesn’t quite photograph how you had hoped. The latter isn’t one that everyone has to worry about but it definitely hinders me often. I not only want the dish to taste great but it has to be appealing to the eyes (and the lens) so that you all want to make it too! It is quite difficult at times, people. I made some blueberry hand pies back in February and the dough ended up being too crackly and all the filling leaked out of them and, frankly, it looked like an utter mess. I made some important tweaks to the prior recipe and I was so pleasantly surprised when they turned out perfectly this time! Since it is now cherry season, I knew that sweet cherries would be a wonderful substitute for the blueberries. These little pies, that fit so nicely in the palm of your hand, are the cutest and most delicious treats I have made in a while. They aren’t overly sweet but will definitely hit the spot. That 3:30pm lull (you know that one that begs you for a nap or a giant cupcake?) has just met it’s enlightenment. These petite pies are vegan and dairy-free, so go ahead and have another! Enjoy!
- 2 cups sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted
- light squeeze of fresh lemon juice (1-2 tsps)
- 2 TBSP organic cane sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP cornstarch (mixed with 1 TBSP cold water)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1.5 cups AP flour, plus more for rolling
- 1 TBSP organic cane sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup coconut oil, in solid form
- 1/3 cup + 3 TBSP ice cold water
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips) (vegan chocolate if needed)
- turbinado sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make the filling…
- In a small dish, combine the cornstarch and water and stir to dissolve, set aside. In a saucepan, add the cherries, lemon juice, sugar, vanilla and salt and cook over medium heat for about five minutes and the cherries will start to release some of their juices. Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the cherries and bring it all to a boil, while stirring often (using the back of the wooden spoon, smash a few of the cherries down). The cherry juices will start to thicken. After a minute, turn off the heat and set the cherry filling aside.
- Make the dough…
- In the bowl of the food processor, add the flours, the TBSP sugar, and salt and pulse to combine. Add the solid coconut oil and pulse until the mixture forms small pea sized bits. Add in the ice cold water, continuing to pulse until dough forms into a ball. Be careful not to over-mix! Add additional water (1 TBSP at a time) if needed. Form the dough into a ball and roll it out on a lightly floured surface, until it is about 1/8″ thick. Using a 4″ round cookie cutter, cut out 16 circles.
- Roll out each circle just a bit flatter before dividing the cherry filling among eight of the circles. Add a few chocolate chunks to the cherry filling and then top each one with an additional round of dough. Using a fork, secure the sides of each pie. Using a sharp pairing knife, cut a tiny slit into the top of each pie so that the steam can be released. Place the eight hand pies on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle each pie with a bit of turbinado sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Remove and set on a wire rack to cool. Serve warm and enjoy!
- Serving these with a tiny scoop of ice cream is highly recommended and exceptionally favored!