Pack the picnic basket with these petite and portable Blackberry Hand Pies. Made with fresh berries combined with sugar and a zesty mix of lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, these sweet bites are fried—not baked—for a melt-in-your-mouth indulgence.
Blackberry Hand Pies
Makes 12 pies (6 servings)
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- Hand-Pie Crust (recipe follows)
- 6 cups fresh blackberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Remove dough from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to rolling out. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 51/2-inch round cutter, cut as many rounds as possible, rerolling dough no more than twice. Set dough rounds aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch. Add to blackberry mixture. Continue to cook until mixture boils and is thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
- Place approximately 1 tablespoon blackberry mixture in center of each round. Fold each round in half, pressing edges together to form a seal. Trim edges with a fluted pastry wheel, if desired. Refrigerate pies for 1 hour.
- In a Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it registers 350° on a fry thermometer. Fry pies, no more than 2 at a time, until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels; serve immediately.
Makes 12 crusts (6 servings)
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- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
- 4 tablespoons cold butter-flavored shortening, diced
- 1/4 cup ice-cold water
- In the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade, combine flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt; pulse to blend. Add butter and shortening; pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With food processor running, add water, and pulse until mixture comes together.
- Remove, and form into a disk. Wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.