Saturday, March 16, 2013

gluten free vegan raspberry hand pies


Does anyone remember those "home run pies" you would get as a kid?  They were about 50 cents at the grocery store and came in all different flavors.  My favorite was cherry.  Or maybe chocolate pudding!  It was a pretty cool treat because it was pie, that you could hold in your hand.  We would get super excited when my mom would buy them for us.  They may have been about 90% artificial, but they sure did taste good!

I certainly don't miss mr. home run.  Not when I can have these gluten free vegan raspberry hand pies! Delicious and I might add, quite darling.  I used a simple pie dough recipe and an easy raspberry filling.  Don't forget about the sugar sprinkle love.  These take a bit of time as you have to do some rolling, slicing and crimping with the dough.  Once they are baked up though, you will be enjoying a flaky, warm pie.  I love that you can pick them up and just take a bite!  These gluten free vegan raspberry hand pies are perfect just the way they are.  Flavorful and fruity.  You could always get a little crazy and serve them with a scoop of So Delicious vanilla coconut milk ice cream!

gluten free vegan raspberry hand pies

makes 8 pies

pie dough
  • 1 1/2 cups Sarah's gluten free flour blend
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance vegan butter, cold
  • 3 tablespoons organic non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

raspberry filling
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup organic raspberry preserves

topping
  • 2 tablespoons So Delicious coconut coffee creamer or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar

Sift together the flour blend, sugar and salt.  Add the vegan butter and shortening.  Using a pastry cutter, combine until resembles a course meal and butter pieces are less than pea-size.  Pour in 4 tablespoons cold water and vinegar.  Continue to blend until dough comes together (add another tablespoon of water if needed).  Pat dough into a round disc, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for an hour or until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  On counter surface, lay out a large piece of parchment paper.  Place pie dough in the center and top with another large piece of parchment paper (this keeps the dough from sticking to the rolling pin).  Start rolling out your dough into a 9x17-inch rectangle, about 1/8-inch thick.  Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into eight 4x4-inch squares (cutting off excess around edges).  Place squares onto prepared baking sheets.

Make the filling by mixing together the raspberries and preserves, slighlty smashing the raspberries. Place 2 tablespoons of filling into the center of each pie dough square.  Fold one corner over diagonally to the other corner.  To seal the dough, use a fork to crimp the edges around both sides.  Brush the tops of the pies with coconut creamer and sprinkle with sugar.  Use a small knife to carefully cut a 1/2-inch cut into the top layer of each pie for steam to escape.  Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack.  Serve warm.

almost too cute to eat.  almost.

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6 comments:

  1. Fruit hand pies have been on my to-bake list for so long! These look delicious! I need to make some soon!

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  2. I made these but it seemed like there wasn't enough dough for 8. They fell apart a little while making the triangle. Is there something I might have done wrong?

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  3. Any ideas on modifying this recipe a bit to make pop-tart-like pastries? My kids would love to be able to have those again (though I don't miss the artificial junk), but I just haven't found a gfcf variety on the market. I'm thinking a variation on this might be perfect ...

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  4. I made these little delights! They did NOT turn out like your photo. Haha! My filling ran ALL over the pan, so that there was hardly anything left inside the little pies. Also, I had trouble making them triangle-shaped without the dough falling apart. So I opted for round half-moon shapes. They still looked really pretty...before they were baked. They did taste great, I just wish the filling had stayed IN the pies. Not sure what I did wrong.

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  5. You could have over filled the pies. I used my ravioli/cookie press to place the top part of the topping and worked like a charm, no filling leakage. Also add some arrowroot to the filling for a thickening agent.

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  6. These look amazing! Could you do one with a cherry filling? I would love to try ones with cherry instead of raspberry.

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thanks for the love!