Smitten Kitchen: Hand pie dough
Servings Prep Time
18pies 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1hour
Servings Prep Time
18pies 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 1hour
Ingredients
Dough ingredients
When ready to bake pies
Instructions
Making the pastry
  1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Grate the frozen butter into the flour mixture and toss with a fork until flour coats all of the butter shreds, then make a well in the centre.
  3. Separately, whisk together sour cream, lemon juice and water. Add half of this to the well in the flour, then mix lightly with two forks until large lumps form. Sprinkle remaining liquid over dry areas and toss, and pat dough into a ball. If dough doesn’t come together, add water spoonful by spoonful until it just comes together.
  4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour, or wrap well and store in the freezer up to one month.
  5. Divide cold dough in half and return one half to refrigerator. Lightly flour a surface and roll remaining dough to about 3mm thickness.
  6. Use a circular cutter between 4 – 5 inches in diameter to cut out circles and lay them on a lined baking sheet, then roll out the scraps and repeat until scraps are gone. Alternatively, cut the dough into squares about 5″ across.
  7. Put baking sheet in refrigerator to chill.
  8. Repeat steps 6 through 8 with the remaining half of the dough.
  9. Remove dough from refrigerator and, on each dough circle, spoon 1 – 2 tablespoons filling on one half of each dough circle (leave about 0.5 inch around the edges clean).
  10. For each circle, brush cold water around the edge of the dough and fold in half over the filling, then seal by using the tines of a fork to press edges together. Cut a small slit in the top of each.
  11. Place unbaked pies back into the refrigerator to chill thoroughly, about half an hour, or freeze to bake later.
When ready to bake pies
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and beat the egg yolk with the water.
  2. Remove the chilled hand pies from the refrigerator and lightly brush with the egg yolk mixture.
  3. Sprinkle coarse sugar over the pies, then bake until they are golden brown (about 20 minutes).
  4. Let cool slightly before serving.