It’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! Each month, we members get assigned a fellow food blogger and are charged to make one of his/her recipes. In turn, someone is assigned to each one of us and we all reveal on the same day our mystery bloggers along with some mouthwatering recipes (as seen in thumbnails below.)
This month, I had Jess @ Life’s Simple Measures. Once I started
stalking exploring her blog, I couldn’t stop. It was such fun to learn more about her – she got engaged this year to her long time college boyfriend (wedding in September 2014) and just moved to Chicago from Omaha a week or so ago (I believe the day of this reveal is her first day at her new job – good luck, Jess!)
And man, can this gal cook. I wanted to make her Blueberry Pie Bars and Mama’s Challah Bread and Brazilian Cheese Puffs and so many more. Plus, you must check out the gorgeous cupcakes she made for a wedding reception recently.
In the end, Jess’s Cherry Hand Pies won out because a) cherries are my absolute favorite fruit and b) they are in season now (albeit a way way WAY too short season.) (I came close to making these Soft Pretzel Bites for my post, being a Philly gal who loves her pretzels. But those will be for another day…)
I made some tweaks to the pies, including adding in some lemon zest and almond extract to the cherries. I also used some white whole wheat flour and butter with coconut oil in place of the shortening. And I opted for a turbinado sugar topping in place of the simple icing.
Turns out Mason jar lids make excellent mini pie cutters (especially for tattooed 6 year olds to handle.)
The dietitian in me loves the built in “portion control” of hand pies and the foodie in me loves the versatility of being able to swap in whatever fresh fruit you’d like! You could also experiment with different fruit & herb/spice combos like peach & thyme, strawberry & basil, lemon & ginger, plum & lavender – endless possibilities.
Do you ever make mini or hand pies? What’s your favorite summer pie?