Hand pie is an individual serving of a buttery and flaky pastry stuffed with either sweet or savory filling. This also makes a great portable snack during picnics or small gatherings.
They are so versatile that you can use your leftover chicken, meat, veggies or even fruit preserve as their filling. Hand pies can be make well in advance and stored in the freezer.
It is so much easier if you grate the hard block of butter rather than to wait until you are able to cut them up. This way, it is easily incorporated to form a dough.
If you don't feel like messing with veggies, you can opt for frozen mixed vegetables. It works great.
SAVORY HAND PIES
Serves : 6
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
10 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 tsp salt
5-7 tablespoons ice water
Place flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add in butter, mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add ice water, a tablespoon at a time until it forms into soft dough.
Cover in plastic wrap, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
3 cups cut vegetables (carrrot, bean, potato, peas)
1/2 tsp ginger minced
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tomatoes chopped
2 onion chopped
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
2 tablespoons curry powder
salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil
Heat the oil, saute the onion, garlic and ginger until fragrant.
Add in tomatoes, cook until it turns soft.
Mix in the chili powder and curry powder, fry until oil separates.
Throw in carrot and potato (hard vegetables first) and 1/2 cup water (if still hard, add more water), simmer until half cooked.
Now add the bean and peas, cook until all vegetable are soft and almost dry..
Add in garam masala, stir well and remove from heat.
Transfer into plate and let it cool completely.
ASSEMBLING THE HAND PIES
Divide the dough into half, keep the other half covered. Roll out dough into 1/8 in thick.
Using a cookie cutter or a glass, cut out into 5 in circles.
Spoon a heaping tablespoon of filling, fold into half, press the edges together, crimp them with a fork
Make a slit with a knife on top of the crust and place into baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Preheat oven @ 185C.
Brush with butter and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Let stand to cool slightly before serving.