Twist on Tradition: Hand Pies

There are going to be a lot of pies making their debuts on the Kitchn soon, given the holidays and our own pie baking contest that's coming up. Just to get your creative juices flowing, we thought we'd mention the diminutive hand pie—perfect for crust-lovers...

Hand pies (also called turnovers in our family) usually remind us of summer. They are frequently filled with fruit—peaches, strawberries, blackberries—and eaten at picnics or outdoor barbecues where plates and forks are scarce. But there's no reason they can't be a fall food.

Making them requires nothing more than you'd do for a regular pie, really. It's possible you'll need more dough, since each hand pie has a little more crust to it than a slice of regular pie. But many pastry dough recipes make a double batch anyway. You roll out the dough as usual, then cut it into squares that can be folded over the filling into little triangles. Or, use a large biscuit cutter to make circles. Or, chill the dough in small, individually-sized balls that you can then pat or roll out when you're ready.

See? Lots of options. As for fillings, stick with something that's not particularly runny, since you aren't pouring it into a contained pie plate. In other words, a few chunks of apple tossed with some sugar will do better than a liquid pumpkin batter.

A couple of recipes to try:

We're working on our own recipe for hand pies, but we'd love to hear about yours. Do you make them in the fall?

Related: Recipe: Basic Pie Crust

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