Forget about those hand pies at the gas station try these homemade hand pies instead. These Raspberry Hand Pies have a flaky, buttery, tender crust with homemade raspberry jam. These little pies are great when you are craving a slice of pie. They are also really easy to make.
We got inspired to make some of these after watching “To All The Boy I’ve Loved Before – P.S. I Still Love You” when Lara Jean was making hand pies. They looked easy to make and we wanted to give it a try. We are glad we did. The best part of these hand pies has to be the raspberry jam. It is so delicious and not overly sweet it is a nice balance.
Ready to make some hand pies? Well, come on then let’s make some pies.
The ingredients you will need:
- Baking Powder
- Pastry Flour
- Ice Water
- Vanilla Extract
- Gelatin Powder
- An egg
The steps to these hand pies are really simple and don’t take long at all. You’re going to have yourself a delicious pie in no time.
The first thing we are going to start with is the raspberry jam.
Homemade jam is our favorite. We use to get it from an online shop and it was some of the best homemade jams we have ever tasted. Sadly the shop closed. We never thought about making it ourselves because it looked hard but it is actually really easy.
How to make Raspberry Jam:
In a small bowl mix together the sugar and gelatin powder then set that aside.
In a medium saucepan add the raspberries and vanilla extract. Then sprinkle the sugar gelatin mixture on top and add the cornstarch. Mix together until all the berries are coated in the sugar mixture and cornstarch.
Turn the heat on low and let it boil stirring occasionally. This should take about 8 to 13 minutes. The mixture should then start thickening up. Let it cool completely and we can get started on our dough.
We want to note that you can make the jam ahead of time if you like. Just make sure it is in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
How to make the dough:
In a large bowl mix together the pastry flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.
Using a pastry cutter or a fork mix in the butter into the flour mixture until the dough turns into coarse crumbs.
Add in the ice water one tablespoon at a time and add in the vanilla extract. Mix together until the dough comes together it will be a little rough.
Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it for 1-2 minutes.
Wrap the dough in some plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
After the dough has chilled we are going to preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. We are then going to roll out the dough onto a well-floured surface. Using a rolling pin roll the dough into a rectangle that is ½ inch thick.
Then cut the dough into small 4-inch rectangles make sure there is an even number of rectangles.
Assembling the pies:
Grab a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place one of the rectangles on the sheet.
Scoop 1- 1½ teaspoon of the jam in the center of the rectangle leaving room on the edges. Grap another rectangle and cut two slits in the center.
Using your finger or a small pastry brush wet the edges of the dough with the jam to create a seal for the other dough to stick.
Place the dough with the slits on top of the rectangle with the jam and using a fork press down the edges to seal it together.
Repeat for every rectangle of dough.
Some people choose to skip this step but we love how an egg wash gives our baked good a nice golden brown color.
In a small dish, add the egg and add a splash of milk beat until combined. Using a pastry brush, brush on the egg wash. Sprinkle with some coarse sugar (we used regular sugar because that is what we had on hand but coarse sugar looks so much better).
Bake for 20–24 minutes or until golden,
Let them cool for 10 minutes.
Now they are ready to be eaten and enjoyed!
Raspberry Hand Pies
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 Cups Pastry Flour
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Cup Butter, Cold & Cubed
- 7 Tbsp Ice Water
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Sugar To sprinkle on top
- 2 tsp Gelatin Powder
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2½ Cups Fresh Raspberries
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Cornstarch
- 1 Egg
- Splash of Milk
- In a small bowl whisk together the sugar and gelatin powder.
- In a medium saucepan add in the vanilla and raspberries and sprinkle the sugar mixture and cornstarch on top. Mix until all the raspberries are coated.
- Turn the heat on low and let it boil, stirring occasionally.
- The mixture should start thickening up about 8 - 13 minutes.
- Let it cool completely.
- Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large bowl mix together the pastry flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.
- Using a pastry cutter or fork mix in the butter into the flour mixture until the dough turns into coarse crumbs.
- Add in the water one tablespoon at a time and add in the vanilla extract. Mix together, the dough will be a little rough.
- Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead for 1 - 2 minutes.
- Wrap the dough in some plastic wrap and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Once the dough is done chilling, roll the dough into a rectangle that is 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut out small rectangles about 4 inches making sure there is an even number of rectangles.
Assembling the Pies
- Preheat the oven to 400° (F)
- Grab a rectangle piece of dough and place it on a baking sheet.
- Add 1- 1½ tsp of raspberry jam to the middle leaving space on the edges.
- Grab another rectangle piece of dough make two small slits in the middle.
- Using your finger or a small pastry brush wet the edges of the rectangle piece of dough that is filled with jam.
- Place the rectangle piece of dough on top of the jam-filled rectangle piece of dough.
- Press down edges together with a fork to seal the two pieces together.
- Repeat these steps for every pie.
- In a small bowl beat together the egg and milk.
- Brush on the egg wash on top of the hand pies.
- Sprinkle some coarse sugar
- Bake for 20 - 24 minutes or until golden.
- Let it cool for 10 minutes.
We hope you all enjoy it! If you make these Raspberry Hand Pie recipe be sure to tag us on Instagram @wonderandcharm or use the hashtag #wonderandcharm. We would love to see your photos.
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