This Valentine’s Day impress your sweetheart and share a little summer sweetness with these Blueberry Lavender Hand Pies.
For me, pie just sings comfort and love. So, for Valentine’s Day I thought why not make adorable little hand pies with perfectly plump and flavorful frozen Oregon Blueberries? This turned out to be one delicious idea.
I adore fresh blueberries, but frozen Oregon Blueberries are the perfect alternative during the winter months. They are frozen at the peak of ripeness and are available year-round in most grocer’s freezer sections. They make a delightful, silky and sweet blueberry filling for this dessert.
To compliment the blueberry filling, I created the recipe with my favorite buttery, flaky pastry dough. And, to make this hand pie even more special, I’ve paired the blueberry filling with lavender sugar.
Culinary lavender is a lovely compliment to blueberries and creates a hint of fragrance to the hand pies. Making the lavender sugar couldn’t be easier and it can be stored in the pantry for future use.
The result of all these gorgeous ingredients is one enchanting Valentine’s Day dessert that is sure to make winter days much brighter
The blueberry lavender filling is simple and uses 2 cups frozen Oregon Blueberries, lavender sugar, a splash of vanilla and a little quick-cooking tapioca which makes the filling quite luxurious.
When making any kind of pie or hand pies, using the right dough recipe is important. My pastry dough recipe uses 1 ½ cups very cold butter and ice water. It’s lightly combined either by hand or in a food processor, formed into a disc and then held in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or longer.
One of the best baking tips I’ve gotten over the years was from a friend, pastry chef, Laurie Pfalzer. Chef Laurie says to always freeze the formed hand pies for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. This will keep the hand pies from seeping too much filling and will keep the pastry nice and flaky. There will always be a little filling that seeps out of the hand pies but freezing the pies before baking will definitely minimize this issue.
Prior to baking the pies, I love to add course sugar to the top for a little extra decoration. Another fun idea is to find a really small heart-shaped cutter and make little button-sized hearts to add to the hand pies.
I used a 3 ½ inch heart shaped pastry cutter which made 11 hand pies and about 8 mini dough hearts to use as decoration. But you could easily use a larger 5-inch pastry cutter for larger pies.
Although this recipe is deliciously simple, it does take a bit more time to prepare. And it’s absolutely worth the time! I love to spend an afternoon in my kitchen making these Blueberry Lavender Hand Pies. Notably while playing some of my favorite music and chatting with a few of my family or friends. It also makes a fun baking project with children.
It’s time to light up the winter days with these Blueberry Lavender Hand Pies.
Frozen Oregon Blueberries are a delicious way to bring summer sweetness to your winter recipes.