Peach and Thyme Hand Pies
- 375g all-purpose Flour
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 tsp (8g) sugar
- 225g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 cup (240ml) cold water
- 1 cup ice
- 60g Apple cider vinegar
- 375g peeled and pitted peaches, diced (see notes for peeling tips or for using frozen fruit)
- 1 ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- ½ tsp salt
- 60g raw sugar
- 25g Tapioca Starch
- 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
- Raw sugar, for sprinkling
- Place flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut butter into chunks, and add to the flour. Toss lightly to coat. Working quickly, using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are only pea-sized chunks left. You want a few lumps of butter remaining to keep the pastry nice and tender.
- Combine ice, water and cider vinegar in a bowl. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the ice water into the flour and butter mixture, and using a stiff spatula or your hands, mix in well. Continue adding water a tablespoon at a time ( I normally need about 8-10 tbsp) until you have a dough that holds together well, but is not too wet. Squeeze together with your fingertips to make a homogenous dough. Shape into a rectangle, and wrap in plastic wrap. Rest in the fridge for at least two hours, or preferably overnight. (See notes about rolling out during the resting period)
FILLING AND ASSEMBLY
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into two. Wrap up one piece and place in the fridge while you are not working with it. Roll into a rough rectangle that is approximately ⅛" (3mm) in thickness. Using a round cookie cutter (mine was 3 ¾" in diameter), cut circles of dough, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Press scraps together, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 15-20 mins, before rolling out again and cutting more circles. Store cut-out circles in the fridge while you are waiting for the scrap dough to chill. You want to aim for approximately 24 circles.
- In a medium bowl, combine the peaches, thyme leaves, vanilla bean paste and salt. Whisk the sugar and tapioca starch together in a small bowl then add to the filling mixture, and stir well to combine.
- Combine the egg and water together in a small bowl. Take one circle of dough, and place a heaped Tbsp of the filling in the centre. Using a pastry brush, brush egg wash around the outside edge of the dough, and top with a second circle of dough, ensuring that the air is pressed out. Lightly seal with your fingers, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and use a fork to crimp around the edges to ensure a tight seal.
- Repeat with the remaining dough circles and filling until you have 12 hand pies. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for 30-40 minutes, or until the dough becomes very firm. If you are planning on freezing them for a longer period of time, freeze solid then transfer to an airtight plastic bag or container. You can bake them directly from frozen.
- While the pies are in the freezer, preheat the oven to 425°f / 220°c. Remove the pies from the freezer. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross in the top of each pie, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with additional raw sugar. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until the pies are deeply golden brown and the juices are bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftovers wrapped in foil at room temperature. Reheat in the oven to help keep the pastry crispy.