Sunday Morning: Strawberry Hand Pies

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety……Aesop

There is something special about a leisurely Sunday morning with the newspaper and good food, sitting on the deck enjoying the beauty & peace of nature.     With fresh, local strawberries in the fridge,  it was easy to decide what I wanted to eat this morning.   But I wanted something other than toast & jam or cereal with fresh berries.   Then I remembered some peach hand pies that a friend made last summer and decided to try Strawberry Hand Pies with Thai Basil.    

Aren’t they pretty ??strawberry hand pies

And they taste pretty awesome, too !!!

STRAWBERRY HAND PIES w/Thai Basil

adapted from Martha Stewart

1 c. diced strawberries

2 T. sugar

1 T. cornstarch

2 T. basil, diced (I used Thai basil)

1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought

1 egg, beaten

sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 425.   Combine strawberries, sugar & cornstarch.   Roll out dough & cut in 3″ to 4″ circles.  (I used a wine glass)  Place half of the circles on a piece of parchment or cookie sheet.   Place a heaping tablespoon of the strawberry mixture in the center of the dough circles.  Top with the other half & press edges together to seal.  Brush with beaten egg & cut an small ‘x’ in each top to vent.   Sprinkle with sugar & bake for 15-20 minutes.   Eat while warm with a good cup of coffee.

NOTE:  You can use larger circles & fold over the dough like a turnover.

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About Pat Thomas

As an amateur gourmet who loves what food brings to our lives other than the needed nutrition. I share all my foodie experiments with friends & family. Thankfully they are usually delighted but always kind with whatever I've cooked up.
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