Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pockets of Love ~ Cherry "Valentine Love" Pies

I love baking up little surprises for my family.  It's very rare, like once in a blue moon rare, that I make any skills seem to be best suited for baking cookies, brownies & cakes. 

However, I have heart shaped cookie cutters...

and I have pie crust on hand...
therefore I must make a little pocket of love to share with those I love most!

Here is one of the simplest recipes that you can have to make little hand pies of love for your family. And it's a great way to get your little kiddle into the kitchen for some baking one-on-one time.

Gather a few items to get the ball rolling. See recipe for additional optional ingredients.

Start by cutting pairs of shapes with a cookie cutter.

If you are like me and like a little decoration on top, cut out a few small hearts as well.

Then place some of the cutouts on a prepared baking sheet. (lined with parchment paper or a silpat)

Spoon filling onto the center of a dough cutout.  I kind of over did this one...go a little lighter on the filling than I did here or it will be difficult to seal the edges.

Place another dough cutout on top.

Press with a fork around the edges to seal.  As you can see, some of the filling oozed out on long as you seal it, your pie will be fine. (this comes from me not baking pies more than once in a blue moon)

Brush the top of the pie with egg white.

Since I don't like to be plain...Place decoration on top & brush with egg white as well.  Then sprinkle raw sugar on top to finish it off.

Into the oven it goes for 12-15 minutes.  Out it comes beautifully golden brown (and this one oozing with filling).  The smell, oh the smell!

After about 2 minutes, onto a wire cooling rack for another 10 minutes. And if you're making these for adults and kiddles, then isn't this perfect?! Larger pies for the adults and smaller ones for the kiddles.  Confession must be made, I couldn't wait more than 5 minutes to take a bite.

Perfection comes with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream! 

Cherry Valentine Love Pies

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Bake Time: 12-15 Minutes
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 Large & 4 Medium Pies

1 pkg. Pillsbury Pie Crusts (2 rounds)
1 can Cherry Pie Filling
1 Egg White
Raw Sugar

Optional Ingredients:
1Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Light Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
A Pinch of Cloves, ground

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.

Unroll one pie crust onto parchment paper or cutting board. Using large & medium heart shaped cookie cutters, cut out 2 heart shapes for each pie. (top & bottom) Repeat for second pie crust.
Optional: Using a small cookie cutter, cut out individual hearts from scrap dough for decoration

Place dough cutouts onto the baking sheet. Take pie filling and spoon 2-3 teaspoons of filling onto the center of one heart. Place another (same size) cutout on top. With a fork, press around the edges to seal.

With a pastry brush, brush egg white over the top of each pie. If adding a small heart on top for decoration, place and brush with egg white as well.

Sprinkle raw sugar over the top of each pie.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Keep an eye on them to avoid burning.  Baking times vary by oven.

Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire cooling rack for additional 10 minutes.
Serve warm or seal in airtight container and store in refrigerator of up to 3 days.

Need heart shaped cookie cutters?


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