Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Fresh Lemon Hand Pies

Fresh Lemon Hand Pies

My mother made the best ever lemon meringue pie, it's one of my all-time favorites. Every time she made it I was like, "is it cool enough to cut yet mom".

Anyone else in the house was lucky enough to get a slice with me around. Today I'm reviewing how easy it is to enjoy that lemony taste that brings back some wonderful childhood memories.

Hand pies are so easy to make with store-bought pie crust and lemon filling, or any fruit filling for that matter. This perfect snack or dessert could be ready in 40 minutes or less.

Every year my cousin sends me these giant lemons for his backyard in Arizona. This weekend I decided to make homemade fresh lemon hand pies. The first thing that I did was make the lemon filling.

Homemade Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is really so easy to make. I made this and refrigerated it overnight, but you can make this and let cool for a couple of hours and use it for whatever your making.

Lemon curd is so versatile it can be used for cakes, cupcakes, donuts, or spread it on top of a scone of crackers.

Fresh Lemon Hand Pies Ingredients (Lemon Curd)

1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (4 to 5 lemons)
zest of 2 lemons
5 large egg yolks
1/2 cup salted butter (Cold)

  1. You will need a double boiler for this, add some water and bring it to a boil.
  2.  Whisk together the sugar and egg yolks, continue to stir.
  3. Add the zest of the lemons and the lemon juice. Continue to stir the mixture for about 10 minutes, it will begin to thicken.
  4.  After 10 minutes remove the mixture from the heat, and add the butter one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Continue stirring, the mixture will become nice and thick. Once all the butter is melted into the mixture pour it into a bowl and let it cool for 2 to 3 hours before using it.
Pie crust ingredients

2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Crisco (Cold)
6 to 8 tablespoons of Ice Water

  1. Cut the Crisco into smaller pieces
  2. Add flour and Crisco into a mixing bowl
  3. Mix until Crisco begins to fold into the flour
  4. Add ice-cold water one tablespoon at a time 
  5. Mix until a ball of dough forms
Divide the pie crust into two equal parts wrap each with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about a half-hour. I used my KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make the pie crust.

Making Lemon Hand Pies

Now, it's time to assemble and bake these little sweet treats. I rolled each ball of the pie crust out to about a 10-inch circle between two sheets of parchment paper.

Tip: Lay the parchment paper or wax paper on a kitchen towel. This prevents it from moving all over the counter while rolling.

Cut the crust with a 4-inch cookie cutter, place a tablespoon of the lemon curd in the middle. Then, fold them over and pinch the edges together. Press a fork around the edges to seal.

Hand Pies

Poke the middle of each hand pie with a fork. I made 12 hand pies, six out of each half of the crust. You will have to re-roll some of the crust to get the other 2 out of each half.

Baked Lemon Hand Pies

Now you will need two egg whites and a couple tablespoons of sugar. Beat the egg whites in a small bowl.

 Brush the hand pies with the beaten egg whites and sprinkle the sugar over the top. Or you could skip the sugar and dust them with powdered sugar right out of the oven.

Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. Set them on a rack to cool and enjoy.

You might enjoy some of my other fresh lemon recipes

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  1. What a treat! I can't wait to try your recipe for these lemon hand pies. Yum! And, like you, I do love a good lemon meringue pie. It has been ages since I have had a slice. I'd say I am overdue.

    1. Yes, for sure Diana it sounds to me like your'er overdue. These little hand pies are really easy to make and for sure a treat. Thanks!

  2. These lemon hand pies look yummy-licious, Sam. And made with fresh lemons, they have to be even extra good. Thanks for this recipe and for sharing your collection of fresh lemon desserts.

    1. I just love anything lemon, and I'm always looking for something new to make with these giant lemons my cousin sends me. Thanks Pat!

  3. These look wonderful and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe

    1. You are most welcome, Mary Beth, and they really are easy to make.

  4. Oh, man! These pies look absolutely delicious!!! Would you believe for many years I had no idea how to make my own lemon curd for a recipe that called for it. Back then, I thought it must be a type of jelly or jam that had set for days or something.

    I do love lemon anything. I can hardly wait to make this recipe. It will be difficult to choose between your hand pies or your lemon brownies for the first lemon recipe this season. One thing is for sure, I'll be scouting out those fresh lemons!

    1. Well.Cynthia, No need to choose which one to make. I think you should make both of them. I was was very happy that this batch of lemon curd turned out perfect for this recipe. Now I need to figure out how to use what I have left over. Thanks!

  5. Oh Sam thank you for this lovely recipe. I love everything lemon especially in my baking, so this will be a must make recipe. Thank you also for jumping in here and covering for me. I appreciate you so much!

    1. Olivia, you are most welcome, it was a pleasure to help out. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Thanks!

  6. Now I need to add some lemons to my next grocery delivery for these. They are making me hungry just reading about them and seeing the photo.

    1. These are really so easy to make Daphne. I hope you enjoy, anything lemon is always a favorite of mine. Thanks!

  7. Sam, as you probably know by now, #anythinglemon - yep that's me! Being on Keto for a year it's been rough to cut out things like this, although there are keto recipes I'm sure somewhere for lemon desserts - hey feel free to do a page on that! This looks amazing.

  8. Sam! These look delicious (and I don't usually care for lemon). I have been wanting to make hand pies for awhile. And since I know I like your recipes, I'll have to give these a try!

  9. These look amazing, I haven't made lemon curd in years, I think it might be time to remedy that as I know my husband would love these too.

  10. Yummy, I love lemon. I have made these before and they are great.


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