Baked hand pies are small pies, baked without an actual pie pan. They can be made with a variety of filling ingredients from sweet to savory. It is all up to you! Some flavors have been around since the seventeenth century, while others have been popularised in the last 15 years by today’s hippest bakers and chefs.
Make baked hand pies
The great thing about baking hand pies is that they do not need a pie pan! Although I can tell you that if you ever get your hands on a specially made pie dough disc mold for them, GET IT. You could spend hours making mini crusts using a knife or cookie cutter, but this easy-to-use disc makes all the difference.
At home, I use a simple 9″ square pan with aluminum foil to make my hand pies, but you could also use cake pans, loaf pans, tart pans… whatever you have in your house that is close in size! The important thing is finding something that will minimize the number of dough scraps left over after cutting circles out for your hand pies. It’s an easy enough step-by-step process: just place each cut circle of dough into the bottom of the pan and press down slightly with your fingers to form it into a pie shape. Then fill ’em up with whatever you like (seems obvious but I thought it was worth mentioning).
After baking, with my Baked hand pies
Hand pies are best served warm. If you have any leftovers, they can be frozen for up to a month and reheated in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes or so. You can also store them in the fridge for up to 3 days, covered with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Baked Hand pie stuff
This may seem obvious since it’s called a “hand”, but just because the pie itself is small doesn’t mean that there aren’t ingredients used that you might not expect! Savory hand pies are similar to empanadas and have fillings such as beef, chicken, potatoes, guacamole… pretty much anything your heart desires! While sweet hand pies are often filled with fruits, nuts, or even chocolate.
Special pie crust recipe to make baked hand pies
However, I would recommend using my double-crust freezer pie pastry in the filling of your hand pies for an added layer of flakiness and flavor. You can also use any other conventional double-crust pastry you may already have in your recipe box, but it must be made with lard/shortening/butter (no butter substitutes allowed).
Kinds of fillings can be put in hand pies
You can really put anything into them that you like! Some savory flavors include roast chicken with potatoes & cheddar cheese; meatloaf; roasted potatoes; beef, cheddar & caramelized onions; chicken tikka masala; spinach & feta… the list goes on and on! For sweet options, you can use fruit fillings like blueberry or apple cinnamon. Or if you prefer something nutty, try a pecan pie filling. And last but not least, for chocolate lovers everywhere there is always chocolate ganache.