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Cherry Ginger Hand Pies

Cherry Ginger Handpie

Cherry Ginger Handpie

I am so excited, this is my first submission for Fiesta Fridays, the very fun and creative brain child of Angie from The Novice Gardener. I thought it would be fun to bring dessert to the party/fiesta, who doesn’t love dessert and cherry pie is one of my favorites. I had some preserved sour cherries that I got last summer and since this is a fiesta I decided to give them a little kick by adding some spicy ginger. It’s a delicious combination. Imagine flaky buttery pie crust with tart/sweet cherries with a kick. Serve warm with some ice cream.

I used my go to pie crust recipe from Julia Child, it never fails me, I love making hand pie’s not only are they cute but there is built in portion control, So dust off your tiara and feather boa and join the party!

Julia Childs Pastry Dough

Makes enough dough for a double crust 9 inch pie

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup cake flour

1 tsp salt

6 oz cold unsalted butter cut into tbs size pieces

4 tbs shortening or leaf lard cold

1/2 cup ice cold water

You can make this either by hand or in the food processor. To make by hand, put flours, salt, butter, lard or shortening into mixing bowl, use pastry cutter to combine until it resembles pea size crumbs. Add water mix with fork, gather with your hands, divide dough into a 2 discs and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

In Food Processor, add the flours, salt, butter and shortening or lard into the bowl of the processor. Pulse a few times until the mixture resembles pea size crumbs. Add the water and pulse a few times until it becomes a cohesive dough. Divide dough into two discs and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Cherry Pie Filling

1 quart cherries (I used sour cherries)

1 – 1 1/2 cup sugar (according to taste, you determine how sweet you like it)

1 – 1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger (depends on how assertive you want your ginger to be, add 1 tsp then taste)

1/4 cup water or juice

Place everything in sauce pan, bring to boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. If your cherries don’t thicken enough make a slurry with a tsp or two of corn or tapioca starch  and a splash of water and add to the cherries while cooking.

Making the pies

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment.

Roll your pie dough into a thin sheet and using a biscuit cutter or glass cut out rounds, you can make them whatever shape you like of course, square, rectangular or even a triangle. Place some of the cooled filling in the middle,  brush the edge of the round with egg wash and place another round on top, crimp, brush top with egg wash or cream, sprinkle with sugar and cut a vent in the middle, continue until all the dough is used and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack, serve warm with ice cream or heavy cream.

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  1. No sour cherries in So CAL. This recipe is killer…

    May 9, 2014
    • Thanks Liz, I bought these last year and decided to go ahead and use them, Can’t wait till they come in season again. Thanks so much,

      May 9, 2014
  2. Great recipe idea, thanks for sharing! Fiesta Fridays sounds so fun, doesn’t it?

    May 9, 2014
    • I love parties, even virtual ones. It is a lot of fun, thank you so much.

      May 9, 2014
    • Hey, sorry to scape in but why don’t you join the party? I am one of the co-hosts and would be delighted to see you there – submissions can be posted until Wednesday and you will meet lots of lovely supportive bloggers too!

      May 10, 2014
      • Hi Selma; I am delighted to join in. Thank you so much I linked to Angie’s site. Should I link somewhere else, so happy to meet a co host. I’m new at this and don’t know if I did it right, very excited about Fiesta Friday!! Love your asparagus cigars, YUM!!

        May 10, 2014
      • Suzanne – sorry – Imeant that comment for the blogger who said that Fiestas looked like fun! Do ask her to join in too…

        May 10, 2014
      • Thanks for the head’s up! I will see you there :)

        May 12, 2014
  3. Cute as buttons. Party on…

    May 9, 2014
  4. Bevi #

    Can you send about 50 of these up to VT for a birthday party? LOL. They sound delicious.

    May 9, 2014
    • I’d like to hand deliver them, I need a break from NYC!! Thanks Bevi.

      May 9, 2014
      • Bevi #

        Let me know when!

        May 11, 2014
      • Oh I will, thank you.

        May 11, 2014
  5. So pretty Suzanne and I love that crust…looks so crispy. I love the sour cherry filling too, but I really love that you added ginger, omg! I LOVE ginger…seriously, I love it on just about anything. I bet the smell when these were baking was phenomenal.

    May 9, 2014
    • Thanks so much Brandi! The pie crust is really good, I’ve been using this recipe forever.

      May 9, 2014
  6. You had me at sour cherries! Beautiful recipe :)

    May 9, 2014
  7. I’ve never tried cherries with ginger before – bet that’s delicious. As you probably know I love anything to do with cherries. Anyway, enjoy F&F. I’m taking a week off. Co-hosting did me in. :)

    May 9, 2014
    • It was a first for me but ginger hoes with do much I wanted to give it a try and I really like it! Thanks Johnny!

      May 9, 2014
  8. This sounds (and looks!) soooo good! I can’t wait to make it, I love cherries! :)

    May 9, 2014
  9. Wow, these sound awesome! And look beautiful !

    May 9, 2014
  10. Cherries and ginger, what a great combination Suzanne, never tried it! I love the dough, so crispy, no doubt you´re having an awesome party, even if it is a virtual one!

    May 9, 2014
    • It was on a whim that I combined them but I really like how they taste together. Thank you so much,

      May 10, 2014
  11. Liz #

    Hand pies–perfect for mingling at a party :-) These look fantastic and if you’re rolling out crust, your hand must be at least a little bit better?

    May 9, 2014
    • Thank you, yes it is a little better. I think that with time it will improve. Thank you again,

      May 10, 2014
  12. These are beautiful and so tempting, Suzanne: I love sour cherries, although they are hard to come by here… Great recipe!

    May 9, 2014
    • Thanks Stefano, we get them here but there is a very short window. One of the farmers at the green market preserves them and I always try to get a quart bottle of them. They are wonderful.

      May 10, 2014
      • This is interesting, Suzanne: what do they use to preserve them?

        May 11, 2014
      • I didn’t there is a stand at the farmers market that sells preserved vegetables and fruits. I bought it from them, I am not an astute canner or preserver, probably could if I set my mind to it. This farm stand at the market does a great job and I hate the thought of pitting cherries,

        May 11, 2014
  13. I’ve always loved a good cherry pie, yours looks ever so wonderful!

    May 10, 2014
  14. I am so excited that you’ve joined the Fiesta Suzanne – fabulous to see you here! Hopefully there’s one of your pies left for me! Or even just a bite of one… they look so good! It looks like such a great crust you’ve used – I’ll be keen to give these a go, though perhaps with some autumn apples or pears. Have a wonderful weekend!

    May 10, 2014
    • I think they would be amazing with apples or pears and even with the ginger it would be delicious. Thanks so much Margot and so happy to have joined the party.

      May 10, 2014
  15. So lovely and perfect for Fiesta Friday! Thanks so much for bringing them! :D

    May 10, 2014
  16. DELISH!! LOVE cherry pies, and these are so clean and neat! No messiness like when you cut a large cherry pie-and you gotta love that!

    May 10, 2014
    • Exactly, I love a slice of pie but it can be messy. I love the ease of and pie’s and it’s great individual portions, so perfect for entertaining. Thank you Christina!

      May 10, 2014
  17. I cannot believe this is your first submission, welcome welcome! sour cherries and ginger sound like a wonderful combination, I might be tempted to put a dab of creme fraiche on there, seeing as the hand pies already have portion control!

    May 10, 2014
    • Oh yes Creme Fraiche definitely, I would sprinkle with just a little brown sugar. Oh that would be good, Thank you so much and I am so happy to be at the party.

      May 10, 2014
  18. Good job, suzanne! I like it! :)

    May 10, 2014
    • Thanks so much Mochi, no butter and it would be a great vegan dessert!!

      May 10, 2014
      • I can swap with nut butter or soy butter easily, no hassle! Don’t worry! Have a nice Mother’s day! :)

        May 10, 2014
  19. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    Lovely pies Suzanne! I am so intrigued by the combination of ginger and cherries – and that dough – wow! This is oneheck of a way to join the Fiesta Friday partay! :)

    May 10, 2014
    • Thank you Shashi, Fiesta Friday is so much fun. Looking forward to more.

      May 10, 2014
  20. Sounds delectable!! I love the pairing of ginger with stone fruits, but haven’t tried it yet with cherries. Can’t wait until sour cherries arrive where I am – last year I had the worst luck trying to find them!

    May 10, 2014
    • Thank you so much, it’s a lovely combination and sour cherries can be elusive. I was lucky to get a jar of them at the market last year. So happy I waited to use them and thrilled to have brought these to the party.

      May 10, 2014
  21. Hi, Suzanne! I am glad you made it to FF. :) Welcome to the Fiesta! <3

    We do really love desserts here at FF and we are so thrilled that you brought these gorgeous hand pies. Did you bring enough? :D Maybe some others want to take home. Ssshhh! :P

    Anyway, you are coming back for more FF, yes? Well, please make sure to come again next time! And thanks a lot for bringing these! <3

    Have fun and have a pleasant FF and weekend!

    May 10, 2014
    • Thank you so much Jhuls, I hope I brought enough, LOL. The crowd is getting bigger and bigger. I am so thrilled to be able to participate and can’t wait for next week and also the yeast/herb challenge. So much fun.

      May 10, 2014
      • Yay! I am a little scared with the challenge as I have few not so good experiences with yeast. But in any case, I would participate – failure or success! :)

        Good luck with the challenge! :)

        May 10, 2014
      • I love working with yeast, so this is super exciting for me. I can’t wait to see what everyone brings.

        May 10, 2014
  22. talkavino #

    Can I express order 4 for breakfast, please?
    Looks delicious!

    May 10, 2014
    • Coming right up, LOL, thanks Anatoli. If we all get together again I will bring.

      May 10, 2014
      • talkavino #

        it is not “if”, it is “when” :)

        May 10, 2014
      • Yes, soon I hope.

        May 10, 2014
  23. Hi there – welcome to Fiesta Friday – I am co-hosting with Jhuls this week and we are so delighted that you have not only made it but also brought these gorgeous cherry pies – yes please, can I have another?! Hope to see you again at Angie’s, in the meantime, I hope you are getting the chance to visit the other revellers and make some new friends too! Enjoy the party!

    May 10, 2014
    • I have a lot of catching up to do, I am going to look through everyone’s submissions. Thank you and Jhuls for co hosting and I cannot wait to see what everyone brought,.

      May 10, 2014
  24. These looks so adorable. Cherry pie has never been one of my favourite, but paired with the ginger they sound delicious!

    I hope you’re having a lovely weekend

    (I adore your background btw, so cute!)

    – Michelle x

    May 10, 2014
    • Thanks so much Michelle, the ginger really makes those cherries stand out! Thanks also re the background. My friend and fellow blogger Azita from Fig and Quince did the artwork. She is amazing.

      May 10, 2014
  25. Suzanne, this was bookmarked and will be tried the moment sour cherries start rolling in, I promise you that. I go picking every year. I have a sweet cherry tree, but it has never given me any fruit. It needs a different variety nearby for pollination. Duh!

    I would have never thought of adding ginger. How creative! Do you think rose water would be good in here as well? I’ve been trying to find ways to use it. Since you brought up Azita’s name in your last comment, I’m reminded I still have almost a bottle full. Remember I last used it to make Azita’s send-off apple tarts? We all miss her, don’t we?

    May 10, 2014
    • I would do cardamom and rose water with the cherries I think that would be really interesting. Thanks so much, yes miss Azita so much, I know there are posts but can’t wait for her to get back. She is my neighbor you know, lives literally 4 houses away on my block. We see each other frequently and I do miss her a lot. I do remember your delicious apple tarts, I make my own rose water from the roses in my back yard. Have been meaning to blog about it and will this year once my roses bloom. Thank you so much Angie for Fiesta Fridays I am making new friends, finding great new blogs and lots of great recipes.

      May 10, 2014
  26. So happy to meet you through Fiesta Friday…and what an entrance you make with these delicious cherry pies! Keep bringing food like this and we’ll be begging you to come back. :) Both sweet and sour cherries are readily available in the summer months practically out my back door…I’m bookmarking this recipe now so I have it available when the first crops are ready. Thanks for sharing your scrumptious recipe!

    May 10, 2014
    • Very nice to meet you Nancy, very very excited about Fiesta Friday. Thank you so much, I envy that all those cherries are so close to you. How wonderful and thank you so much for the welcoming email and kind words.

      May 10, 2014
  27. I love the idea of hand pies, but we don’t really have them over here… or maybe we do and I’m just missing out! Cherry would be my first choice of filling for a pie though.

    May 10, 2014
    • Kind of like a Cornish Pastie, only sweet. Not sure you have Pasties’s either but they are delicious and so easy to make. I love individual pies. Thanks so much.

      May 10, 2014
  28. Mmmm, your cherry pies look good. Served warm with ice cream sounds SO good. ;)

    May 10, 2014
  29. I have never made a pie before. This is so simply explained, thank you. I love the combination of cherries and ginger too!

    May 10, 2014
    • It’s really so simple, I think that people are unnecessarily frightened by making make pie crust. The results are delicious it really is so worth it. Thanks so much.

      May 11, 2014
  30. sprinklesandsauce #

    love these hand pies! cherry is a great flavor!

    May 10, 2014
  31. Suzanne- These are just so cute!! the crust looks so crispy and cherries with ginger–genius. Loved checking out the Fiesta Friday too… thanks.

    May 10, 2014
    • Thank you. I hope you sign up for Fiesta Friday’s it really is fun!

      May 11, 2014
      • It does look fun Suzanne– and a whole new source of recipes to try!! I need to study the directions how to join in. thanks.

        May 12, 2014
      • Oh yes, please do, just go to the link for The Novice Gardener, all you have to do is leave a comment that you would like to participate and you will be added. What fun!

        May 12, 2014
  32. Now I really want to lick my screen. Cherry and ginger = perfect. That crust looks divine. I love how they ooze out just teasingly so. I’ve never made hand pies but now I need to make these, stat. So nice to see you at FF, Suzanne!

    May 11, 2014
    • Thank you, I know don’t you love it when there is that little bit of oozey goodness peeking out of the pie, Thanks and look forward to many more FF’s.

      May 11, 2014
  33. Needless to say, that I love cherry pies! The crust looks superb! And have a great time at FF! :)

    May 11, 2014
    • Thank you so much, I love fruit pies and must say cherry has always been at the top of my list of favorites.

      May 11, 2014
  34. There’s nothing like a delicious-looking mini cheery ginger handpie to make my day! Wish I could grab one from the computer right now!

    May 11, 2014
  35. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Sent from my iPhone

    May 11, 2014
  36. Never thought of Cherry-ginger flavor combo! Interesting. Can’t wait to try that filling in my pita-bread :D

    May 11, 2014
  37. These are the cutest hand pies in the existence of hand pies :D
    And super delicious too!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    May 11, 2014
  38. I am so going to make your hand pies. I have been wanting to make both hand pies and/or a cherry pie for a few years now and couldn’t be happier to see your post. We have two little pie shops fairly close to my house and every time I visit and pick up a couple of hand pies I wonder why I don’t make my own. No excuses now. I have your instructions and inspiration right here.

    May 12, 2014
    • Thank you, I just love little pies like that, it’s more manageable than a slice of pie, less messy and the perfect portion. I do hope you like them.

      May 12, 2014
  39. Wow! This is super! I’m glad to have a fellow newbie around!

    May 13, 2014
  40. These look fantastic! I make a cherry ginger cobbler and love the flavors together – so I know I’d love these little guys!! I can’t get sour cherries here, but I’ll improvise. So, so good and full of summer.

    May 14, 2014
    • I love that you too have tried cherry and ginger combo it’s wonderful. Thanks so much Susan.

      May 14, 2014
  41. ohlidia #

    LOVE those little hand pies Suzanne! That crust looks like pure perfection! Cherries and ginger make a great combo, no?

    May 15, 2014
    • Thank you Lidia, you are so right cherries and ginger are great together.

      May 15, 2014
  42. YUM! These are adorable. Anything and ginger for me. ♥

    May 17, 2014

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