Blueberry Hand Pies

07.24.2013

Blueberry Hand Pies | Cooking Classy

Taking pictures with one hand while holding a hand pie with the other – wouldn’t recommend it! Number one reason, you’ll want to just drop the camera and shove the whole hand pie in your face – yes I would definitely take this pie to the face if it meant I got to wipe it off and eat it :), and second how on earth do you focus without a free hand to adjust the focus? Pain in the butt I tell you. But since I got to eat this, it was so worth it! I couldn’t believe how patient my 4 year old was when she became the prop assistant – when you have a pie as your reward I guess there’s a lot of things we could be patient with :).

Have you ever made a pie crust with coconut oil? I did for the first time today and I actually really liked it. Basically, this turned out to be an unintentionally vegan recipe (although I did add an egg wash, but if you’d like to keep the recipe entirely vegan you could definitely omit it and replace it with a soy milk wash or a corn syrup plus a bit of water for a similar effect. Or you could just leave it off altogether). The reason I chose to use coconut oil instead of butter or shortening in this recipe was simply because it’s a healthier alternative. If I’m going to serve these to my family for breakfast I don’t want them eating two sticks of butter to start the day :). I also added in some more nutrition by replacing some white flour with oat flour. My kids never would have been able to tell the difference between these and an original version. I love when I can do that – sneak healthier foods into things and no knows the difference. I’m thinking you’ll likely say the same about these too.

The glaze for these is optional but I’d recommend that if you do omit it that you sprinkle a little bit of raw or granulated sugar evenly over the tops of the pies before baking. Enjoy!

Blueberry Hand Pies | Cooking Classy

Blueberry Hand Pies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 8 hand pies

Blueberry Hand Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oat flour (can sub wheat pastry flour or another cup white)
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, chilled
  • 6 - 9 Tbsp ice cold water
  • Filling
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg mixed with 2 tsp water, for brushing (optional)
  • Optional Glaze
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor pulse together flours, 2 tsp sugar, salt and nutmeg until combined. Add in coconut oil and pulse mixture until crumbly, add in 6 Tbsp ice water then more as needed until mixture starts to come together.
  • Dust a work surface generously with flour and roll pie crust out into a 18 by 12-inch rectangle, then cut into 8 even rectangles.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 1/3 granulated sugar, pinch salt, cornstarch and cinnamon. In a separate mixing bowl, toss blueberries with lemon juice, then pour sugar mixture over blueberries and toss to evenly coat. Divide blueberry mixture evenly among 8 rectangles, piling blueberry mixture on one side of each rectangle and leaving at least a 1/2-inch rim around berries, then brush edges of crust around blueberries lightly with water and carefully lift opposite side of each pie crust and fold over blueberries. Seal edges together well using your fingertips, then if desired use a fork to make decorative lines around edges. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. In a mixing bowl whisk together egg and 2 tsp water until well blended, then brush lightly over pies. Poke the top of each pie twice with a fork. Bake in preheated oven about 40 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool slightly then if using glaze, in a mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzle glaze over pies.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/07/blueberry-hand-pies/

40 comments

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture: I LOVE that the crust is made with coconut oil! I’ve literally always wondered if it would work in pie crusts and now that I see that it can, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to butter! Well, maybe sometimes. But I’ll definitely be choosing this healthier alternative alot more often! July 24, 2013 at 10:56pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I love that you made a coconut oil crust with some oat flour – as you said, 2 sticks of butter for breakfast is a deal breaker. These are gorgeous, too! I just pinned some bb hand pies that I saw – and now pinning these! July 24, 2013 at 11:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie and thanks for pinning! July 25, 2013 at 6:58am Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: I’ve already tried out a couple blueberry hand pies recipes but none of them had oat flour or coconut oil in them. Actually, to be sincere, I’ve never used coconut oil before but I’m all about transforming classic and beloved baked goods into healthier versions, so I guess this recipe is perfect for me!

    xo, Elisa July 25, 2013 at 12:00am Reply

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life: I would totally be patient holding these if it meant I got to face plant in it afterwards. Love the addition of coconut oil in the crust…I have been using it more often too! July 25, 2013 at 4:03am Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Love that you used coconut oil and oat flour in your pastry recipe, Jaclyn! I just love baking with coconut oil. Gorgeous photos…we’d never know how difficult it was to shoot your sweet blueberry hand pies. Thanks for sharing! July 25, 2013 at 4:21am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Jaclyn!! I love that the crust is made with coconut oil and oat flour. These hand pies are pure gorgeousness! And I can only imagine how difficult that first shot was to take! Not sure how you did it int he first place. But it looks great. I love blueberry pie! July 25, 2013 at 4:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sally :)! July 25, 2013 at 7:00am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: Hand pies are key in summer! These sound perfect! July 25, 2013 at 5:35am Reply

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com: Wow – these look so so good!
    So dangerous that they are handpies…could easily eat two – one in each hand! July 25, 2013 at 3:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha yes I love that :)! July 25, 2013 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: These look amazing! Perfect for all the fresh blueberries right now :) July 25, 2013 at 9:02pm Reply

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt: These look divine!! Hand pies are so cute and creative, and especially awesome when they’re filled with blueberries, I’m sure. <3
    I've been wondering recently about using coconut oil instead of butter in pie crust. Thank you for answering my suspicions! :D These look wonderful.
    Do you chill/freeze the coconut oil before using it in the pie crust? I know that it can be kind of tricky to keep coconut oil cold and solid.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe! :) July 26, 2013 at 7:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I froze the coconut oil for 30 minutes before using it. With this recipe it didn’t seem as important to keep it cold because if it was too cold it seemed to break more. I chilled the first batch of dough then not the second and the second that wasn’t cold was easier to work with. I hope you have a chance to try it soon Abbie :)! July 31, 2013 at 6:28pm Reply

  • m: I was going to buy some coconut shortening but it was $13 for a one pound can. I couldn’t do it. July 26, 2013 at 4:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could substitute butter if you’d like and they’ll definitely still be delicious. July 26, 2013 at 7:51pm Reply

  • Ileana Keltz: These look absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to make them. I am always looking for ways to make things healthier. I admit, I love Mr. Butter, and have never tried coconut oil, but I will definitely give it a go. Can you taste any coconut flavor in the pie? Thanks for posting this delicious recipe. July 27, 2013 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I was surprised I actually couldn’t taste coconut in the slightest. And thanks for your compliment by the way :). I hope you love them Ileana! July 31, 2013 at 6:39pm Reply

  • Tieghan: These look amazing!! I love little hand held pies. So fun! July 28, 2013 at 6:29am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I love how giant these are! And yes, holding a pie and shooting at the same time is not very easy! July 28, 2013 at 11:16pm Reply

  • martha: could you use other fruit with these maybe peaches July 29, 2013 at 4:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, I actually made these with 4 fruits (one of them being apricots) last weekend and they turned out delicious. I did add a bit more cornstarch. August 6, 2013 at 9:42am Reply

  • Kathryn: This look great. I tried to make them and they were a flop. I could not get the pastry to stay together after I put the blueberry mixture in. I gave up and turned the whole thing into one pie. It is baking now, so we will see how it tastes when it is done. I might try again if it tastes yummy! July 29, 2013 at 6:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You might want to add more water to the crust next time, also I made these twice and oat flour was a tad harder to work with vs using 2 cups white flour which is what I used the second time (those pictured were with oat flour). But it just sound like your dough was a bit too dry so I’d say more water or even more coconut oil. I hope the pie is good, sorry your hand pies gave you trouble! July 29, 2013 at 6:38pm Reply

  • maria at inredningsvis: MMMM SO LOVELY POST:) I really love your blog and Im now following.

    Check out my blog If you want some cute Swedish decor inspiration:)

    have a great day dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden) August 1, 2013 at 12:50pm Reply

  • Jackie {La Casa de Sweets}: These look delicious! August 1, 2013 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Paul: I made these today, but it turned out very dense, the crust was hard to bite through. What would I do to solve this next time around? August 10, 2013 at 9:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Next time I’d recommend that you try using a little more coconut oil and also I’d try baking them for a shorter period of time. Hopefully that helps!! August 11, 2013 at 6:46pm Reply

  • cal: Just put these in the oven :D
    the dough kept falling apart though :( and loads of the blueberry filling left over
    *crossesfingers* Hope they taste good :) August 25, 2013 at 1:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: If your dough kept falling apart next time I’d recommend using a little more water. I hope they turned out delicious though! August 25, 2013 at 4:19pm Reply

  • carota: yummmmmm…. no fresh blueberries now, so i will try them with frozen – can’t wait!!! February 6, 2014 at 6:11am Reply

  • Jennifer: I had never heard of coconut oil. Where can I buy it? March 14, 2014 at 6:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s usually by the other oils (coconut, canola, shortening) in the grocery store or you can sometimes find it the health foods section too. March 23, 2014 at 5:10pm Reply

  • Autumn: These look delicious! My boyfriend loves pie but is allergic to coconut. Do you know if I were to substitute butter for the coconut oil how much butter I would use? Thanks so much! April 26, 2014 at 9:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d use equal amounts. I hope you both try and love them Autumn! May 6, 2014 at 6:39pm Reply

  • maggie: could i make these with like a lemon filling?? any idea on how to do that? thank you! April 30, 2014 at 11:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Maybe I’m not totally sure – I just don’t know if it would be too runny, I might try a lemon curd or a lemon pie filling. May 8, 2014 at 10:26am Reply

  • Robin: Made these yesterday and I could not get the dough to work. So I put it in little ramekins and made mini blueberry pies. They were wonderful and adorable! Used a little lemon zest on top after glazing and served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Huge hit! June 9, 2014 at 12:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry you had trouble with the dough, but I’m so glad you made them worked and liked them anyway :)! June 25, 2014 at 11:54pm Reply

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