Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Strawberry Hand Pies

So today's recipe looks really cute (love hearts anyone?) and it uses the jam from yesterday's post.

Ingredients [makes six 3" heart hand pies]:
1 package puff pastry
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1/4 cup heavy cream
water
flour
cookie cutters, fork, pastry brush, rolling pin
Start by thawing the dough according to the instructions. Be careful with the seams because they're likely to split if you're not gentle. Sprinkle flour over the dough and use a rolling pin, if necessary, to smooth out the seams.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes - in this case, I used love hearts for Valentine's Day, but any shape will do. Use mini hearts to cut out a piece in the center of the pieces of dough meant to be tops of the hand pies. Then, run a little water around the edge of the dough, spread a little jam in the center, and then place the top piece of dough on top. Use a fork to crimp the edges.
You can also bake up the smaller pieces to make little mini pies.
Place the finished pies on a baking sheet.
Brush the tops of the pies with heavy cream. The cream will help promote browning. And at this point, if you're a sugar hound, you can sprinkle the tops of the dough with a bit of sugar.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pies are golden brown and puffed up.
Don't they look yummy?
Let the pies cool on a wire rack before digging in.
Look how festive! Perfect for Valentine's Day, don't you think?
Enjoy.
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