It’s often said that nothing is more uniquely American than fresh fruit pies. Personally, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with gently cooked summer fruits and berries wrapped in a buttery, golden crust.
Since your heavy glass pie dish may be a little cumbersome for this weekend’s picnics and cookouts, I’ve collected some of our favorite hand-held pie recipes – no wedge-shaped server required. These will all fit neatly on paper plates, and as a bonus, you won’t have to share.
|Mini Peach PiesThese individual treats require the Breville Pie Maker for a perfect shape and size; the product is a customer favorite. The mini pies cook in just 10 minutes, and an extra layer of crust on top makes for easy transporting.
Not a peach fan? Try Mini Cherry Pies with the same pie maker.
|Cherry Pocket Pies Speaking of cherries…try tucking them into a pocket! A heart-shaped Pocket Pie Mold creates cute handheld pies for a picnic, and everyone who tries the recipe raves about the cherry filling. If you’re staying home or bringing a cooler, a scoop of vanilla ice cream tops off this festive dessert.
|Blueberry Hand PiesDon’t worry: Special tools are not a necessity for bringing pies on the go. These individual blueberry pies are made by simply folding dough on top of itself to enclose the filling (like a calzone).
Best of all, these fruity fillings are a cinch to prepare. Go ahead, make it easy on yourself and buy a piecrust at the grocery store – we won’t tell.
About the author: Olivia Terenzio grew up in Mississippi, where she cultivated a love of sweet potatoes, crawfish and cloth napkins at a young age. A passion for sharing food with friends and family led her into the kitchen and later to culinary school, where she learned how to roast a chicken and decorate a cake like a pro. As a Williams-Sonoma blog editor, she’s now lucky enough to be talking, writing and thinking about food all day.