So guess who has to go back to work next week? That’s right, this guy. Technically, I went back yesterday for a bunch of conferences and meetings… but the kiddies start coming next week.
And I know you totally don’t feel bad for me. Asheley sure doesn’t. Honestly, I really can’t complain. Having 2 months off every year is an incredible perk to an already great job 🙂
So with the impending end of summer vacation breathing down my neck, this past week has been a frenzy of trying to cook as much as possible. Once the school year starts, getting quality kitchen time is a whole lot more difficult. I just got a bag of super fragrant peaches from my weekly CSA share, and remembering back a few weeks ago when Tyler made a batch of blueberry hand pies, I decided to give baking a go.
I’m a guy that absolutely loves to reap and enjoy the baking of others. Baking myself, though? Not a huge fan. I don’t know why. I guess I’ve just always thought it’s difficult. And making pastry crust. Ugh. I’ve heard how much of a pain that is. But actually, this Bon Appetit hand pie crust was super simple and easy, even for me. And it’s light, flaky, and buttery. Basically everything you could want from a crust.
If you’re still scared about making the crust from scratch, I’m guessing you could cheat a bit and just use some of that handy dandy frozen puff pastry you can buy at the grocery store. But really, try making it yourself. It made me feel quite accomplished and proud 🙂
Don’t be afraid of the bourbon. You honestly really don’t even taste it. It just kind of enhances the flavors a bit. If you’re still scared, feel free to leave it out. I won’t tell anyone. Promise.
I honestly couldn’t believe how good these portable pie beauties came out. Not bad for my first time, huh 🙂
I’m thinking I like hand pies even better than regular pie. You get a perfect ratio of fruit and crust in every bite. And you don’t even need a fork. Or a plate.