August 02, 2020
Makes 6 - 8 Hand Pies
SUMMER BLUEBERRIES burst with a flavor that only happens when truly in season. One of our favorite ways to celebrate these little nutritional powerhouses is to place them in hand pies. The berries’ diminutive size fit neatly into petite packets, which highlight the rich cream cheese-based crust — a truly mouth-watering match!
Cream Cheese Crust: 2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon sugar1-1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt8 oz. (1 pkg) cream cheese1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), well chilled
Crust Assembly Ingredients:2 egg whites, beaten1 tablespoon coarse sugar for crust topping
Blueberry Filling:2 cups blueberries3 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon cornstarch
1. PLACE the flour, sugar, and salt inthe bowl of the food processor. PULSE a few times to evenly distribute the sugar and salt.2. CUT the butter and cream cheese into 1/2-inch cubes. Use a little of the flour mixture to keep the pieces from sticking together. CHILL the cut butter and cream cheese cubes for 15 minutes.3. PLACE the butter and cream cheese cubes in the food processor with the flour mixture. PULSE 6-8 times to cut the butter and cream cheese into the flour. The dough mixture will be coarse with some pea-sized pieces of butter and cream cheese remaining. (Resist the urge to keep pulsing.)4. REMOVE the rough dough from the work bowl and form into a ball using your hands and a light touch.5. FLATTEN the dough ball into a disk about a half-inch thick, and wrap in plastic wrap.6. CHILL the wrapped dough disk for an hour or overnight.7. REMOVE the dough from the refrigerator when ready to bake the hand pies and let set for 10 minutes on the countertop while the filling is mixed.8. STIR the cornstarch and sugar together, then sprinkle over the fresh blueberries. Gently toss the fruit to distribute the cornstarch/sugar mixture. Set aside while finishing crust preparation.9. ROLL the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/8- to 3/16-inch thickness.10. CUT circles from the dough (5-inch circles for 6 pies; 4-inch circles for 8 pies). TRANSFER half of the circles to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.11. BEAT the egg whites with 2 teaspoons of water, and BRUSH the egg white wash lightly on the edge of each circle.12. SPOON the prepared blueberries into the center of each bottom circle mounding them slightly. Leave about 1/2-inch of the crust clear for sealing.13. STRETCH the top circles slightly to fit over the mounded blueberries. MATCH the edges of the top crust with the bottom crust pressing them together. CRIMP the edges with fork tines.14. BRUSH the formed hand pies with the egg white wash. SPRINKLE lightly with sugar if desired. VENT the pies by cutting small slits on the top with the tip of a paring knife in a decorative design of your choosing. (We like a simple star with five small cuts placed in a radiating pattern.)15. BAKE the hand pies in a 400° oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.16. SERVE warm or cooled to room temperature.
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