Heirloom-Pear Hand Pies
These single-serving, portable pies are a great showcase for heirloom pears, such as Flemish Beauty and Devoe, but firm ripe Bartletts work well too.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
The hand pies can be made one day ahead and kept at room temperature. To serve, reheat the pies in a 350° oven for 10 minutes.
Cooking Club Tip:
When working with store-bought puff pastry, use one sheet at a time and place on a cool surface lightly dusted with flour. Make sure the dough is cold otherwise it will become difficult to handle, sticky and very greasy. Use a sharp knife or pizza wheel to cut the pastry to the desired size to avoid pulling the edges. It's best to use an all-butter type pastry like Dufour's, but if you can't find one, you can use one made with shortening instead.