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Pear-Cranberry Hand Pies

These flaky little pies may be the ultimate grab-and-go dessert.


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  • Servings: Makes 8 hand pies

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  • 2 Bosc pears (1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

  • 1 pinch of ground cloves

  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • One 14-ounce package cold all-butter puff pastry

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, toss the diced pears with 1/3 cup of the sugar, 1 tablespoon of the flour and the cranberries, ground cloves, cinnamon and salt.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry to a 14 1/2-inch square, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into 8 squares. Spoon the pear filling onto a corner of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold the pastry over the filling to make a triangle and firmly press the edges to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork. Prick the top of each triangle once with the fork to allow steam to escape during baking. Transfer the hand pies to a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until chilled.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°. Brush the chilled hand pies with the beaten egg and sprinkle them with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake the pies for about 30 minutes, until they are golden brown. Let the hand pies cool for at least 5 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Contributed By Photo © Hector Sanchez Published December 2010

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