What is it about pie that conjures up images of home and warmth and grandma’s kitchen table?
Pies are so comforting. Whether classic apple, tart cherry or smooth pumpkin, pies are perfect for any occasion and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Instead of a whole pie, I’ve created heart topped hand pies as a special treat to share with the ones you love.
They are also a great way to celebrate National Pie Day here in America, which just happens to be today!
Did you know there was a National Pie Day? I can’t think of a better treat to pay homage to than the tried and true pie. Pies are truly as American as well…apple pie!
These sweet little hand pies combine flakey, crisp sugar coated pie crust with creamy Nutella and tart blackberries, a match made in pie heaven!
Nutella and Blackberry Hand Pies | Heather Patterson
1 Package pre-made package refrigerated pie crusts
1 Container Nutella
1 Cup fresh or frozen (thawed) blackberries
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Egg yolk
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
Combine blackberries, sugar and flour bringing to a simmer. Slightly crush blackberries with potato masher or fork leaving some still whole. Allow to thicken and then cool.
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
Roll out 1 pie dough crust until about 1/8th inch thick
Using a large round cookie cutter or large coffee mug or cup, cut approximately 6 circles out of pie dough
Place dough circles onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet
Top each circle in center with a heaping tablespoon of Nutella
Top Nutella with a heaping tablespoon of cooled blackberry mixture
Roll out 2nd pie dough crust until about 1/8th inch thick. Cut circles and using small heart shaped cookie cutter cut out hearts in center of each circle. (alternately you can use sharp knife to cut small hearts out)
Top bottom circles with top circles, pressing edges together. Crimp edges with fork.
Whisk together yolk and heavy cream. Brush egg mixture on each pie. Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 20 minutes on middle rack. Allow to cool before serving.
Hand these over to the ones you love and let them know you hold them in your heart on National Pie Day, Valentine’s Day and everyday of the year!