Oregon Berry Hand Pies

Dreaming of fresh blackberries? Oregon Berry Hand Pies will make any morning a beautiful morning. This perfect breakfast treat uses fresh-from-the-freezer Oregon Raspberries and Blackberries for that fresh-picked taste. 

Recipe by Rebekah Hubbard from PDXFoodLove Blog

Oregon berry hand pies

Ingredients

For the Crust

1 C AP flour
6 T butter, chilled
2 T shortening, chilled
Heavy pinch kosher salt
1/4 C ice water

Filling

1 1/2 C raspberries and/or blackberries, fresh or thawed, previously frozen
1/2 C sugar
2 t cornstarch

You will also need:
1 egg
1 T water

Preparation

Step 1
First make the batch of pie crust. Add the flour, butter and shortening to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until mealy. Add 2 Tbsp. water and pulse a couple more times, adding water in increments of a teaspoon or so until the dough stays together when pinched. Dump the bowl out onto a workspace and shape into a disk, then wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Step 2
Next, make the filling – best to do it right after putting the pie crust in the fridge, so it has time to cool down.

Step 3
Stir berries, sugar and cornstarch together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Use a potato masher or similar tool to smash the berries together and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook at a simmer for 5 minutes, then kill the heat and allow to cool.

Step 4
Preheat the oven to 425°. When the pie crust has properly chilled, roll it out to about a 1/8 inch thickness and cut into four long rectangles, each about 4 inches by 12 inches. You will be folding these long strips in half, so make note of the approximate midline of the first pastry, then spoon about 2 Tbsp. of the berry filling into the center of one side of long rectangle. Fold the other half of the pastry closed to make a final size of about 4 inches by 6 inches. Press with your fingers to seal around the edges, then use a fork to seal it very tightly. Repeat for the other pastries.

Step 5
Use a fork to mix up the egg and water, then brush the pastries liberally with the egg wash and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool before eating.

Step 6
If you like, you can make a glaze. Smoosh more berries until they release about two tablespoons of juice. Strain the juice using a cocktail strainer, then use a fork to stir in 3-4 Tbsp. powdered sugar until smooth. The glaze should be thick enough to not be runny, but thin enough to drizzle. You can drizzle with a spoon, but I prefer to put the glaze in a zip top back, snip off a tiny piece of a corner and use it as a low-fi pastry bag.