A big slice of pie is always nice in the summer, but sometimes a few small bites is all you need. That's why there's a lot to love about hand pies. They're portable, which makes them a great candidate for summer picnics or impromptu backyard lunches; they're an excellent excuse to buy more summer fruit at the market; and there's a wide variety of interesting flavor combinations you can try!
Most hand pie recipes are simply pie recipes that call for slicing the dough in neat, round circles and parcelling out the filling evenly. I like to make an extra round of dough whenever I make pie and keep it in the freezer in case hand pie inspiration should strike (and it surely does). Then I simply thaw the dough, wedge in some fresh macerated berries, fold, crimp and bake. Below I've gathered a few of my favorite recipes to help get you started. Happy summer baking!