"Easy-as-pie" cherry hand pies
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Serves: 6
 
This pastry can be filled with your favorite filling, although we tend to like fruit fillings best. Plus, all the antioxidants from the fruit--bonus!
Ingredients
  • Filling:
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 3 Tb cornstarch
  • 5½ cups fresh or frozen* unsweetened pitted tart red cherries
  • Pastry:
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup lard
  • 8 to 10 Tb cold water
Instructions
  1. First, stir together sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Add cherries; gently toss until coated and let stand for 15 minutes or until a syrup forms, stirring occasionally.
  3. (If using *frozen cherries, let stand 45 minutes or until fruit is partially thawed but still icy.)
  4. Now, make your pastry: stir together dry ingredients, and then with your mixer or a pastry blender cut in shortening until pieces are pea-sized.
  5. Sprinkle the water on your mixture,1 Tablespoon at a time, and toss with a fork until all flour mixture is moistened.
  6. Roll a ball about the size of a tennis ball (or smaller, if you like smaller pies) out into a circle about 10" across, on a well-floured surface.
  7. Put approximately ⅔ cup filling on half of each pastry circle, folding the other half over and crimping the edges (see photo). Place pies on parchment paper lined cookie sheet and brush with milk, and then sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crackly. Yum!
Recipe by vomitingchicken.com at http://vomitingchicken.com/easy-as-pie-cherry-hand-pies/