Happy (belated) birthday America! I give you hand pies!
The year after I graduated from college, I lived in Manhattan working a 9-5 office job. To save my soul, I kept a notebook of daydreams, including one about running a pie cafe. I'm pretty sure this dream was influenced by the TV show Pushing Daisies, which was airing at the time. The show is a bit overly complicated in its plot, but I still adore it to this day. The vibrant colors, Chuck's style, THE PIES...so good.
Upon moving to Portland, I found my pie making dream somewhat manifested in the job I acquired at a local cafe, where, upon other things, I made 2 apple pies every Monday. While I recently changed my schedule and relinquished the pie making duty, I'm gonna brush some flour off my shoulders and say I'm pretty adept when it comes to pie.
Though I've mande many a pie in the recent years, I'd never heard of hand pies and was instantly smitten upon reading a recipe for individual blueberry pies in Bon Appetite. With our Swiss friend, Sam, visiting for the Fourth of July weekend, I thought this would be a fun celebratory breakfast. I guess apple pies might be more "All American" but I wanted to stick with the berries as 1) it's berry season in these parts and 2) I personally prefer berry pies to apple (please forgive me, Mom!). In an attempt to make the pies a touch more patriotic, I added raspberries and goat cheese to the blueberry mix.
Originally, I was going to call these "Red White & Blue Hand Pies," however, the filling turned out to be a brilliant purple color. While the purple conflicted with the initial pie name, I think the blend really is fitting for good ol' America. For all the negative things you can say about our country, the diversity of peoples here is a beautiful beautiful thing. To this, I raise a hand pie high!
Recipe followed exactly from Bon Appetite with the following alterations:
1) Addition of 1 C raspberries & 2 Tbls goat cheese to pie filling, blueberries reduced to 1 C
2) Bake time of 35-40 minutes reduced to approximately 25 minutes