Thursday, April 11

Wild Maine Blueberry and Cream Hand Pies


What a loosah. I can't seem to get my act together and blog this week! Monday I was all set to share my second post in my Cookin' My Way Across America series. Seriously Carrie get in the game..... it's only week two! 48 states to go...



This week I am featuring my neighboring state, Maine. The home of fresh lobster and wild blueberries. Being that I live only 30 minutes from the state line, NH is known for much of the same food as Maine. Wild blueberries are probably my favorite part of summer where we live now. Our property is loaded with the low bush berries. When walking on the outskirts of our property line you need to watch where you step because these berries are everywhere! They are so tiny, but packed with so much more flavor than the larger high bush variety of blueberries. Just check out the size difference below. On the left is a wild berry I picked in the summer months and on the right is a blueberry bought from a local farm from their high bushes.



Because they are so small and hard to spot I don't often pick enough where I can bake large amounts of anything. If I want to make something that calls for any amount of fruit, like a pie. I buy Wyman's Wild Maine Blueberries. As much as I do love picking my own berries.... it is much more convenient to purchase these quality frozen berries.


These hand pies are so easy to make, I use my own homemade butter pie crust, and fill each hand pie with blueberry preserves made from Wyman's Wild Blueberries and a dollop of mascarpone cheese.


Lucky for me my mother owns a small canning company that offers a blueberry preserve made using Wyman's berries and New England maple syrup. If using a pre made crust these pies can be whipped up in under 30 minutes.


Wild Maine Blueberry and Cream Hand Pies

Ingredients:
1 double pie crust 
1 cup wild blueberry preserves
8 oz room temperature mascarpone cheese
1 beaten egg
2 tbs raw sugar

Directions:
Roll each pie crust out to be 1/4-1/8 of an inch thick. Cut 3-4 inch circles out of each crust

In the center of half of your circles dollop a couple spoonfuls of cheese and blueberry preserves. Top each pie with a second crust and pinch the edges shut. You can also do this by using a floured fork.

Place each hand pie on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush each pie with your beaten egg, sprinkle with raw sugar and cut 3 small "vents" in the center of each pie.

Bake at 350 for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the crusts are golden.          

Looking for some other Maine inspired recipes? Check out these oldies from my blog below!

Lobster Mac n' Cheese 
Lobster Salad Roll
Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffins 
Blueberry Peach Cobbler Bars 
Blueberry Orange and Almond Pancakes 
Blueberry Curd 

26 comments:

  1. Oh YUM! As a fellow New Englander-born and raised in Southern NH but now live in MA.....I remember blueberry picking on many a summer day....lucky you to have low bush so close to your house. I now have to go to my daughter's in Jaffrey to go picking berries. The little ones take forever to pick but boy are they delicious.

    Those mini pies look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    Carol

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    1. The little ones are worth it aren't they?! I can't wait for the summer months so I can get the kids out there picking!

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  2. I love hand pies and the blueberry-mascarpone filling is perfection!

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    1. Thanks! I love how simple the berries and mascarpone filling is and they just pair perfectly!

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  3. Mmmm.... blueberries... that's all you needed to say. Maybe I should hit up Maine this summer ;)

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    1. It might be about 5 hours from where you will be.... but worth a day trip up! The Maine coast line is gorgeous. I am SOOOOO excited to meet you!

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  4. These look so amazing!! I LOVE blueberries! That pie crust looks incredible! Love this series!

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  5. Look how huge that blueberry is! And I'm definitely in favor of hand held pies.

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    1. That was an average berry! The other one is just itty bitty.

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  6. Seriously girl. You need to open your own shop in Portsmouth!!!!! So much talent! These look too good!

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  7. I LOVE these, Carrie! Blueberries are such a lovely combo with mascarpone!!! ...and in a pie, OMG!!!

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    1. Thanks Carol! I just adore berries and mascarpone!

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  8. Your pies look so delicious and I love the sound of the blueberry-mascarpone filling!

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  9. Wonderful photos! This looks so delicious :) I really love blueberries.

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  10. Swooning over these hand pies, Carrie! Blueberry pie is one of my faaaaavorites. And as a kid I was somewhat freakishly obsessed with the blueberries and cream PopTarts which were sadly discontinued for some unknown reason. These DO look so flaky and perfect!

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  11. Now the blueberry coffee cake of mine makes sense...you have blueberries on hand from these gorgeous hand pies! I would love to chomp into one of these beauties!

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    1. Haha, I actually used strawberries and the blueberry jam I used in this recipe. Your cake is great! I am hoping there is at least one photo worthy slice left so I can share it here.

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  12. Carrie, these hand pies look delicious. Those flaky layers have me drooling!

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  13. Have I told you how much I love this series?!! LOVE.

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  14. Holy crap, your pastry is unbelievable, Carrie! So flaky and golden, it looks like perfection. I would give my right arm to be able to make pastry like that (or maybe my husband's right arm. I still need mine for baking ;) And I bet that blueberry mascarpone filling tasted like a sweet dream.

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  15. Definitely looking forward to trying this over summer!

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  16. These little pies look scrumptious! Why can't we save to Pinterest?

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  17. These little pies look scrumptious! Why can't we save to Pinterest?

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