Strawberry Heart Hand Pies
If you like pie these hand pies are a cross between biscuit sandwiches and a mini pie. Filled with a homemade strawberry jam, shaped into little hearts making for a sweet valentines day treat.
Short crust pastry
- 240 gm Flour
- 120 gm Butter
cold and cubed
- 65ml Orange juice
- 1 tsp Orange zest
- Pinch of salt
- 240 gm Fresh strawberries quartered
- 25 gm Sugar
- 2 tsp Lemon juice
- 35 gm Corn flour
- 50 ml water
- 1 sprig Fresh Thyme
- 1 Egg beaten for egg wash
To make Short Crust Pastry
In a food processor we add the cold butter, flour and pulse together until we have small pieces of the butter even distributed. We then add the orange zest, juice, and salt. Keep pulsing until it forms a rough dough. If you were doing this by hand, rub the flour and cold butter together, then add the zest, juice and salt. Mix together with your fingers and form into a ball.
Once the dough is ready, briefly knead it together a couple of times. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour.
To make Strawberry Jam
In a sauce pan on low to medium heat add the quartered strawberries. Add in the sugar, water and let that cook for a couple of minutes. Until the strawberries have broken down and the mixture is bubbling.
Add the cornflour, thyme and lemon juice, stir together and cook for 4-5 mins until it has thickened - this means the cornflour has gotten activated. Take it off the heat and transfer to a plate to cool down quickly.
Preheat the oven to 180℃ and line your baking tray with a sheet of baking paper.
Roll out the chilled pastry between two sheets of baking paper and using a cutter, cut out the hearts.
Transfer them to the lined tray leaving an inch worth of space between each piece and fill the centers with the cooled strawberry jam.
Brush the edges with beaten egg and seal with another heart shaped pastry. This is the time to get creative. Egg wash the top and sprinkle over some Demerara sugar, bake until golden brown. Let them cool on a wire rack for a few mins before serving.
- Do not over work the pastry dough this will make it tough once it bakes.
- If the jam is too thin let it cool longer on low heat. It will thicken as it cools down.
- Do not add hot jam into the jam, this will be disastrous.
- You can make the components ahead of time and make the pies on the next day.