Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cherry Hand Pies

My Dad loves pie. Like…loves pie. Growing up, we almost always had a pie in the house, whether it was homemade (by my Mom) or bought at a nearby bakery. Chocolate cream, strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry…he loves them all. But his absolute favorite is cherry pie. So, for Father’s Day, I brought out my shiny red KitchenAid mixer and made my Pops some cherry hand pies…from scratch.

This was my first attempt at making homemade pastry dough, and I used this recipe (I used this same recipe for the filling, too…and included the almond extract). Let’s just say pastry dough is insanely easy to make. It was almost amusing, considering how intimidated I was before beginning the process. I may never buy store-bought pastry dough again!

As a bonus, my Dad loved these hand pies (the scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side didn’t hurt, either).

Have you ever made pastry dough from scratch before?


  1. I've never tried making pastry dough before. I'll have to give it a try!

    1. Yes! I really couldn't believe how easy it was (although my stand mixer helped tremendously).

  2. what a great fathers day gift. these pies are the cutest! nice work.

  3. What a nice Father's day gift!

  4. Cherry pie is my absolute favorite too... especially with a scoop of ice cream! Yup, I've made pastry dough before - definitely doable :D