Homemade gluten-free hand pies are filled with a simple Instant Pot raspberry jam (or jam of your choosing) and baked between two sheets of flaky gluten-free pastry dough. A drizzle of white chocolate on top completes this perfect treat!
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Ra-Ra Ah-Ah-Ah Raspberry Hand Pies...with white chocolate drizzle. Nothing bad about this romance.
Berry season is nearing and I can hardly wait. So I'm not.
Frozen berries are a freezer staple in my home. A treasured stash tucked away for when I'm craving a taste of summer, over and over again.
I am counting the days though until I can haul my kids out to the berry fields this summer. I slather them in sunscreen, give them a pep talk on how many buckets we are aiming to fill while reminding my younger daughter that most berry farms don't look kindly on berry pickers who have an all-you-can-eat outlook...until after the berries have been paid for.
My kids have now grown accustomed to and even expect me to uphold our annual summer berry picking outings just as we have done each summer since they were teeny tinies. But even in the name of tradition, the kids (and the berries) only last for so long out in the berry fields under the summer sun. The heat eventually sucks my kids dry of energy and the pep talk no longer seems to motivate them even when I explain the joys and possibilities of taking home mounds of berries.
And fresh berries only last so long too. They are either devoured in what feels like less time than it took to pick them or the berries reach that critical point where they need to be used in a dish or frozen for later.
And let's be honest, freezing caneberries (any berry that grows on a cane like blackberries and raspberries) can be problematic. I prefer to gently rinse my berries by placing them in a colander and dipping them into
Such is the dilemma.
My patience and my longings for tasty berries can't wait for the passing of a whole year before berries are in season again. So I'm not.
And really, why wait when Oregon berry farmers can be relied upon for high-quality caneberries?! The raspberries I reach for when fresh off-the-vine raspberries aren't an option (and when I'm concocting an excuse to celebrate the day with a hand pie) are picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen within 24 hrs, locking in maximum taste, juiciness
So I take full advantage of this privileged access to and year-round availability of sweet, tasty raspberries. I love supporting my local caneberry farmers and I love eating raspberry hand pies in season and "out" of season. I'm not shunning all the good things that come with eating seasonally but I also have no intention of becoming a seasonal elitist should someone offer me a gluten-free raspberry hand pie with white chocolate drizzle any season of the year.
Who could say no to a homemade raspberry hand pie because it's the "wrong" season?! Pish posh (<-- sorry, I don't know where that Mary Poppins-ism just came from). Frozen raspberries are ALWAYS in season.
Raspberries tucked into a flaky, buttery gluten-free pie crust?! With white chocolate drizzle?! I'm dead from glee. These are a major upgrade from the gelatinous fruit hand pies I used to covet and watch my elementary school pals eat in the 80s.
While these raspberry hand pies might look complicated, they really aren't. The gluten-free pie dough is straightforward and dependable. It's been a number of years since gluten was a part of my life but I feel confident that this gluten-free pie dough will leave pie eaters second guessing if it is truly gluten-free. It's quite perfect, in my humble pie opinion.
And the raspberry filling really could not be any easier. Remember this Instant Pot Blackberry Chia Jam? Easiest of all homemade jams is making an appearance again. This time with frozen raspberries. But blackberry hand pies with white chocolate drizzle would be just as dreamy. Perhaps two batches of hand pies are in order.
No instant pot? No worries. Your favorite raspberry jam (store-bought or homemade) will be perfectly wonderful as well.
Go traditional with round hand pies or make into fun shapes like stars for the 4th of July, hearts for Valentines Day, flowers for a birthday party. These hand pies don't discriminate.
Kids and adults alike will line up with hands outstretched. Then watch smiles spread across their faces as they hold their very own pie.
Here's to living our best life of pie.
ALL. YEAR. LONG. (raises gluten-free raspberry hand pie up in the air in solidarity)
And feel free to go heavier on that white chocolate drizzle. ♡
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