Chocolate Strawberry Hand Pies
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5 from 4 votes

Chocolate Strawberry Hand Pie

This Chocolate Strawberry Hand Pie recipe is the perfect play on chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. These strawberry hand pies are made with a chocolate pie crust and a zesty homemade orange strawberry pie filling.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 7 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 hand pies
Calories: 264kcal
Author: Trang

Ingredients

1 batch of chocolate pie dough

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 ounce unsalted butter - cold
  • 4 - 5 tablespoon cold water
  • Extra cocoa powder for rolling

Pie Filling

  • 1 pound fresh strawberry
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • A big pinch of kosher salt

Egg wash

Instructions

Prepare the strawberry filling

  • Wash and dry the strawberries and orange.
  • Zest and juice the orange.
  • Add sugar, salt and cornstarch to a small bowl and mix to combine.
  • Hull and chop the strawberries into bite size pieces and add to a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over the berries.
  • Add orange zest and juice to the sauce pan and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook until thicken, about 3 more minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning the cornstarch.
  • Set the filling aside to cool.

Make the dough

  • Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a small bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Then transfer to a food processor fitted with the dough blade.
  • Cube the cold butter and add to the flour mixture. Pulse several times until butter is about pea and bean size, variation in size is okay, but no smaller than a pea.
  • Turn the food processor to “on” position and drizzle cold water over the dough mixture through the water hole, as soon as the dough starts to pull together turn the food processor off. You may need to stop the food processor in between and get a spatula to get the flour at the bottom to mix up.
  • Turn the dough out on the counter or cutting board and shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic and rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Prepare the pie

  • Take the pie dough out of the refrigerator and roll out to about 1/4” thick. Use extra flour to keep dough from sticking to the counter and roller. Use a 3” heart shape cookie cutter and cut out 9 hearts.
  • Re-roll the scraps to about 1/8” thick and cut out 9 more hearts. One batch of pie dough should be enough for 9 hand pies. Place the pie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Beat an egg with one tablespoon of cream, milk or water to make egg wash.
  • Take the pie dough out of the fridge, place the thinner hearts on a parchment line baking sheet about 1”-2” apart.
  • Take the thicker hearts and roll them out slightly larger than originally, about 1/4” more on all sides. These will be use as the top of the hand pies.
  • Brush egg wash around the edge of one of the hearts on the baking sheet, spoon 2 tablespoons of the strawberry filling on top. Take one of the larger hearts rolled out earlier and cover the filling. Press the edges together and seal with a fork. Repeat for the remaining hearts.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F, let the pies rest in the freezer (or refrigerator) while the oven is preheating.
  • Just before baking, brush egg wash generously over the entire surface of the pies. Create steam vents on the top by poking holes with the tip of a paring knife. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake 20 to 22 minutes uncovered.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool to the touch on a wire rack.

Notes

While working with pie dough, always have extra flour on hand to cover the counter, cookie cutter, cutting tools to ensure the dough doesn’t stick to anything. If at any point, the dough feels too soft, chill it in the refrigerator before continuing to the next step. You can use either natural cocoa powder or dutch processed cocoa powder. However, dutch processed will give a deeper chocolate flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 116g | Calories: 264kcal