These hand pies are sweet little treats that are perfect for a school lunch, a simple dessert or a quick on the go snack. Combining the rich creamy chocolate flavor of Nutella and banana in a flaky buttery crust, everyone in our family enjoyed these little gems. They were especially delicious when served warm, when the chocolate was runny. They were quick and easy to make, and we found it was a fun way to get the kids involved in cooking!
Pastry Dough (Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)
(or you can use pre-made rolled pie crust from the grocery store!)
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 4-5 Tbsp cold water
1. In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-sized.
2. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 Tbsp at a time, until all the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball.
3. Onto a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll from center to edge. However big you want this is fine, it just needs to make 16 circles total.
4. We used a 5 inch round glass and cut around to form the circles. Makes around 16 half moon hand pies.
To Make Hand Pies:
- 1 banana
- milk (about 1 Tbsp)
- egg wash (1 egg yolk, 1 Tbsp water)
Place 1 Tbsp Nutella and 1 slice of banana on 1/2 of a pastry round. Dab milk on edges of round, fold other side over. Seal with your fingers, and then use a fork to finish sealing. Flute the edge with the fork, making it as pretty as you want. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Finish all hand pies, brush with egg wash for browning. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
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