Your mama is coming.
She expects a nice cuppa earl grey and a sweet treat.
But there is one problem, you don't have anything sweet on hand and you have to eek out enough earl grey to get her a decent cuppa.
What's a child to do?
It may not be your mama, and you might not be the child, but every one has times where company is coming and some comforting homemade food is in order.
These quick and simple hand pies are just what the mama in our story needs (or maybe its you that needs them).
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Fall is upon us and that means that the freezers and larders are stored to the brim with all of the hard work from the summer gardens. There are piles of berries frozen and pie filling made and canned in jars.
Now is the time to put those lovelies to use!
In the summer we LOVE going to the local u-pick blueberry farm. The berries are usually the size of our thumb and in clusters like grapes. We just tickle the ripe berries and they come tumbling off the plant into our metal bucket. Clink, clink... clink, clink, clink.
Plenty of berries are eaten fresh by the pint fulls but pounds upon pounds are also added to the freezer. Normally we add them to our morning smoothies along with our raw milk kefir, but today we are baking up a treat!
These blueberry hand pies are sought after by the tiniest of hands in our home, but also the Farmer loves his share as well.
These hand pies can really be made with any berry or apple or even your favorite cream pie filling. What ever it is that you have on hand or access to, or a hankering for.
Today though, those frozen blueberries are about to bring some summer freshness to our kitchen and our bellies.
This recipe calls for your favorite butter pie crust. A good quality grass fed butter like Kerry Gold is what we love to use. We gave up hydrogenated oils like Crisco a LONG time ago.
Hydrogenated oils basically shrink wrap your pancreas, who doesn't really like to be shrink wrapped when trying to function properly. If you are curious about all the dangers of hydrogenated oils like Crisco check out this article here.
Not only is a good grass fed butter better for you than hydrogenated oils, but the taste is also phenomenal! Imagine the difference of eating Crisco out of the bucket verses butter on your toast.
There you go, now you know what I'm say'n. So go get your self some buttah! And lets get baking....
These lovely little hand pies also freeze great, unbaked, then bake as usual (adding about 5 minutes to accommodate their frozen condition) and enjoy!
Do you and your family love going blueberry picking in the summer? What is your favorite pie filling to use?
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.