One more heavenly dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day. Heart shaped hand pies are indulgent and can be prepared with any number of fillings.
Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? I have always been, as it is the first holiday that follows Christmas. When the tree and decorations come down at the end of the year, I feel so sad. Back to an almost sterile feeling atmosphere at home. Once mid-January hits, so do the hearts and flowers.
Now that Valentine’s Day is a week away, it’s time to think about how you want to show your love for those that matter in your life. It is more than just your significant other. It could be your children, parents, friends or co-workers. Maybe you are hosting an awesome Galentine’s day Party! Most people love a homemade treat, and these dark chocolate cherry hand pies are no exception.
Hand pies, (or individual pies), can be made sweet or savory, with unlimited fillings. Today, we are making dark chocolate cherry hand pies, but feel free to sub out your favorite fruit. Or, use my chicken pot pie recipe to create savory hand pies.
I chose to do a dark chocolate cherry variation because it feels luscious and rich, as all Valentine’s Day desserts should be. Cherries are sadly not in season, but can still be found. Since this recipe does not require a huge quantity, the extra expense was no big deal.
This recipe makes 6 pies and is effortlessly doubled.
Pate brisee or your favorite store bought crust
1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate or chips.
1 cup of cherries, pitted and quartered
1 1/2 teaspoon of flour
3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
Milk and coarse sanding sugar for finishing
*Mix chopped cherries with sugar and stir until incorporated. Repeat process with flour and refrigerate for 1 hour to let fruit macerate. Skipping this step will result in soggy pies.
*Roll out your pie crust and cut into 12 hearts. Set 6 aside as they will be your tops.
*Chop or shave your chocolate, if you did not buy chips.
*Line your baking sheet with parchment or a silpat.
*Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
We are ready to assemble our delectable hand pies.
Spoon cherry filling onto each heart. Top with chocolate, being mindful to keep a clean border so we can seal the pies. Once all six bottom pieces are filled, beat your egg with a splash of water and trace the edge of the pie with the egg wash. Place the top on the pie and crimp edges with a fork. Repeat with remaining pies. Brush the top of each pie with milk, then a sprinkle of turbinado sugar. This article does an excellent job of explaining the different methods of finishing pies.
Cut a small vent in the top of each pie and bake in the oven for 25-27 minutes. Check the pies at the halfway point to see how the crust is browning. Cover the pies with a piece of foil if they are getting dark.
Once slightly cooled, move hand pies to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!