Filled with fresh blueberries and a hint of lemon zest, these Glazed Blueberry Hand Pies are the perfect dessert for warm summer days!
Back when Laura and I lived in Atlanta, we’d make the trip up to the north Georgia mountains every Fall to go apple picking. This trip usually involved renting a cabin with a group of friends for a long weekend, and it was absolutely one of our favorite times of the year! (In fact, the year we moved north, the last thing we did was spend a long weekend with friends in the north Georgia mountains. We embarked on our 16-hour drive not from our old house in Atlanta, but from a rental cabin in the mountains.)
One of our favorite things to do while in the mountains was go apple picking. Aside from the actual apples, the orchards were home to one of the best creations ever: apple hand pies. The orchards would have racks upon racks of fried hand pies stuffed with apples and cinnamon, and I dutifully did my job of trying one from every orchard. Hey, someone had to do it, right?
Apple season is still several months away, but fresh blueberries have been plentiful in our stores lately. Robbie loves blueberries, and we took him to a local blueberry farm a couple of times last summer. Standing in the farm shack at that blueberry farm reminded me of those apple hand pies from the north Georgia mountains. And then I realized that hand pies don’t have to involve apples. Those bad boys can get stuffed with whatever fruit happens to be in season…which just so happens to be blueberries since we are in the summer months. So blueberries it is! And these Glazed Blueberry Hand Pies are the result!
I thought about cooking down the blueberries into a traditional “pie filling,” but instead I opted for just tossing the berries in a bit of sugar and lemon zest. The fresh flavor of the berries really came through in this Glazed Blueberry Hand Pies. I also chose to fry these hand pies just because I wanted to reminisce about those fried pies from the apple orchards down south. (You could certainly bake these hand pies instead if you don’t want to go to the trouble of frying them. Either way, they’ll be delicious!)
Have you ever had a hand pie? If the answer is no, then stop everything and make a batch of these Glazed Blueberry Hand Pies today! A hand pie is just that…a pie that you can carry with you…in your hand. And don’t skimp on the glaze! There’s no sugar in the actual dough here, so the glaze provides a nice sweet balance to these Glazed Blueberry Hand Pies. So grab some fresh berries (or whatever fruit happens to be in season) and whip up a batch of hand pies. Enjoy, my friends!
P.S. Craving an apple pie instead? This Deep Dish Apple Pie is one of our favorites!