I received an air fryer last Christmas, and I could not have been more excited. The first experiment I tried was a recipe for easy blueberry hand pies in the air fryer. I happened to have a frozen disc of leftover pie crust dough in the freezer. I also had an abundance of frozen berries needing to be used. (See related article about using frozen berries if you are interested in learning more about that subject.) I tweaked the filling ingredients a bit, to make the filling more like true blueberry pie filling. The hand pies were a hit! I could have made them using store-bought pie crust dough, but I prefer homemade pie crust if I have it on hand.
You may have read my previous blog post about my air fryer successes and failures. If so, you know that some of my attempts at cooking food in the air fryer have not turned out well. That’s definitely not the case with these little delicious hand-held treasures! Read on to learn how I made them.
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My Grandma’s Favorite Pie Crust Recipe
I’m the third generation in my family to rely on this easy recipe for foolproof pie crust. I’m not sure where my grandma found this. I’ve seen variations of it over the years. Here’s the secret ingredient: Vinegar. I understand that vinegar helps tenderize the gluten in the flour, so the dough can be rolled and re-rolled without becoming tough. That’s perfect for someone like me, and perfect for these easy blueberry hand pies.
Ingredients for Pie Crust
3 cups of all-purpose flour, plus a little more for sprinkling on the rolling surface (divided)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening (I use Butter Flavor Crisco)
1 tablespoon vinegar
5 tablespoons ice water
This recipe makes enough for three 9-inch crusts.
Directions for Making Pie Crust
Mix flour and salt together. With a pastry blender, work shortening into the flour and salt until the pieces are about the size of small peas. (My favorite pastry blender is a vintage Androck model, written about here.) In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, beat the egg well and mix in the vinegar and water. Drizzle into the flour mixture a little at a time, stirring to combine with a fork or pastry blender. Divide dough into three parts and shape into disks. Cover each disk in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
For the easy blueberry hand pies, you will only need one of the disks. If you wish, you may freeze the other two disks for use at another time. Roll out one of the disks until it is about 10 inches in diameter.
Ingredients for Filling
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2.5 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 pinch salt
Directions for Filling the Easy Blueberry Hand Pies
Mix together all of the filling ingredients in a bowl. Cut out 6-8 4-inch circles from the rolled out pie crust. Place about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each circle.
Moisten the edges of the circle with a little water. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape, and gently crimp the edges with a fork. Cut two slits in the top of each hand pie. Spray the hand pies with cooking spray or brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
Preheat the air fryer (my airfryer, by GoWiseUSA , is shown above, and it’s been terrific) to 350 degrees, and place 3-4 hand pies in a single layer inside the fryer basket. Cook for 9-12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
If you prefer glazed hand pies, simply mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add enough milk to make the glaze of drizzling consistency, and drizzle over the hand pies.
This recipe could be adapted to work for other pie fillings as well. I’d like to try raspberry filling since we have a lot of raspberries in the freezer. There are many other options. Strawberry rhubarb, perhaps? Maybe blackberry? How about peach? Oh, the possibilities are staggering!
Do You Have Any Favorite Air Fryer Recipes?
I’m always looking for more recipes specifically for air fryers. If you have any favorites, would you mind sharing them? I know my air fryer can do amazing things if I can find the right recipes. I feel as though I’ve barely tapped into its potential.
Are You Now Craving Easy Blueberry hand Pies?
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Have a wonderful week, and may you have success in all of your efforts to make delicious treats in your air fryer or otherwise!