Fresh strawberries are available year-round in many regions of the country, but their peak season is from April to June. This recipe for hand pies, or "half moon" pies, offers a delicious way to take advantage of their abundance. Look for evenly colored, bright-red, plump strawberries whose green caps are still attached.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat (a French nonstick baking mat). In a medium bowl, add strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch; stir to combine, set aside.

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  • On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough into a large rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch cookie cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Transfer rounds to prepared baking sheet.

  • Place about 2 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture onto one-half of each round. Lightly brush egg around the edge of the covered half of each round. Fold remaining dough over to enclose, forming a half moon. Gently press edges together to seal. Brush the tops of each pie with egg. Using a paring knife, slash the top of each pie. Sprinkle generously with sanding sugar.

  • Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer pies to a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. Or let cool completely, and store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days.

Reviews (7)

71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 35
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 4
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07/13/2010
These were great! I diced up the strawberries in small pieces so they would fit better in the dough. This is my second time making them. Made them for a dinner party and everyone gave them rave reviews! The pastry dough is light and flaky. So good!
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04/25/2010
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04/25/2010
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10/05/2009
Just baked this up and it was a hit. The crust was so flaky and perfect. The strawberries are juicy. It tastes great warm out of the oven with some ice cream.
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05/16/2009
Tasty! Strangely, even better on day two, perhaps because the juices all had a chance to meld together.
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07/07/2008
Wow...this is so good. I made it for my dad and he loved it :) definetly recommend it
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04/20/2008
THE MOST delicious thing I have ever eaten in my life.. seriously.. the strawberry filling is so juicy and delicious while the crust is flaky and tender.. really. a great recipe.. yummm