Low-Carb + SCD Berry Hand Pies
These scrumptious Low-Carb + SCD Berry Hand Pies are loaded with fruit flavor and surrounded by a buttery crust. Fun to make and even more fun to eat! Easy Vegan option.
Low-Carb + SCD Berry Hand Pies
Hand Pies! Yummmmm, so messy yet SO delicious! I was in nursery school the first time I got a taste of one. The fact that I remember it so well- I think I was four- tells you how impressed I was with it.
We were actually on a field trip to a place called “Mt Trashmore” (any of you VA natives will know what I’m referring to). It’s a repurposed landfill, they turned it into a park and added a playground, although I believe that was added after my time.
Anyway, my mom had packed my lunch and inside was a Hostess hand pie–and any kid knows what an amazing score that is.
It was particularly memorable as it was a rare treat–the 80’s were a time of peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunches with perhaps a juice box and carrots–and not baby carrots mind you, but carrots that had been washed, scrubbed and cut into slices. (I know, crazy, right?) So this treat stood out–and it also seemed huge to me, like a whole pie–although I feel pretty confident in saying that I polished off the entire thing.
So how do these Low-Carb + SCD Berry Hand Pies match up you ask? I am happy to report-wonderfully well indeed. Our crust is more buttery than sweet, but we like the salty crust, sweet filling contrast.
And putting these tarts together brings out the kid in you, we used large heart cookie cutters, but you can choose any variety–like flowers, traditional circles or squares-even animal shapes if the cookie cutters are large enough!
- Read through the instructions and ingredients list-all the way through before you start. It truly does make it easier and more fun. The dough is easy to make and so is the filling–it’s the act of putting the two together that can get just a bit tricky. But if you’re patient with yourself, then you’ll really love the whole process. It gets much easier after you finish the first one.
- You will see the options for low-carb, SCD and vegan ingredients within the recipe below.
- You can view these instructional photos from our grain-free pop tart post in conjunction with our instructions below for additional guidance. Although they are a different shape, it’s still the same premise.
- These pies are both SCD and Low-Carb, the only ingredient that differs is the sweetener used in the filling, the crusts are identical.
- If you wish to pair the hand pies with ice cream, this is what we recommend: For the Low-Carb ice cream, we like Halo Top Vanilla Bean. For vegan, Halo Top Birthday Cake is a good choice. For SCD we do recommend making your own ice cream just to ensure there are no additives, I did a quick search and there are some great recipe options when you Google SCD Ice Cream or you could just use some homemade coconut whipped cream for SCD, you can find that included in our SCD Key Lime Pie Recipe –or traditional whipped cream for low-carb, just use Swerve or Stevia to sweeten.
Happy Baking, Enjoy The Recipe!
Low-Carb + SCD Berry Hand Pies
- Total Time: about an hour and 10 min
- Yield: 4-5 hand pies 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
*6 carbs per serving for Low-Carb version (and low-carb vegan)
*9.6 carbs for SCD version (and vegan version with natural sweetener)
- 1 + 3/4 cups chopped fresh mixed berries (we used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries + raspberries) Frozen is fine if you defrost them and then strain and discard the extra liquid first. If you don’t have fruit on hand you can use sugar-free jam or SCD jam as your filling.
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Swerve Sugar Replacement (Or 2 tbsp Honey for SCD, maple syrup for vegan)
- egg wash (1 yolk + 2 tbsp milk) Or coconut milk can work as an egg wash substitute for vegan.
- 1/2 teaspoon gelatin or 1/4 teaspoon of agar powder
- large cookie cutter of choice–we used a heart shape, but feel free to use a circle, flower shape or whatever you have on hand. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can use a large wide rimmed glass to cut circles out or you can do it manually.
- You will also need 4 sheets of parchment paper
- (If you are using jam as filling, skip this step). In a large bowl, add your chopped mixed berries of choice. Make sure the pieces are fairly small-slice large blueberries or blackberries in half. Add lemon juice and toss berries until evenly coated. Add your Swerve or honey and toss again. Finally sprinkle gelatin over top, blend again until evenly combined. Set aside while you work on the dough.
- Let the dough rest for 1 minute, then form into a ball.
- Roll the dough out in between two pieces of parchment paper so it does not stick to the rolling pin. Do not roll it out too thinly, these cutouts need a little heft to them. You’ll want the good thickness that you’d use to cut out cookies.
- Cut out the first round of shapes with your cookie cutter. Then carefully remove the excess dough surrounding these shapes and place that dough to the side for the next rollout. (Do not lift the actual shapes).
- Once the excess dough is removed, you’re going to use scissors to cut around the shapes so that you have each shape resting on it’s own piece of parchment paper. Cut out each one. These are going to be the bottom crusts to your hand pies. We keep them with the parchment paper underneath so you’ll be able to flip them over without breakage. (Starch-less + gum-less dough is a little more delicate). Place the shapes you just cut out with your scissors onto your parchment lined baking sheet with some distance between them.
- Now you’ll want to roll out the remainder of your dough again between two pieces of parchment paper, cut out your shapes, remove the excess dough surrounding them and again use your scissors to cut around the shapes. These will serve as the top crusts. Place them aside on the counter momentarily. Depending on the size of your cutouts, you will have enough shapes to make 4 or five hand pies. (8-10 pieces).
- Return to your filling. (If you’re using jam, reserve about 1.5-2 tablespoons for each pie). Stir your fruit filling again as the juices have collected to the bottom by this point. Place a small amount of fruit onto the shapes you have resting on the cookie sheet. Make sure each glob of fruit has a little bit of the juice with it. Dab the outer edges with egg wash or coconut milk–this will help it adhere to the top layer.
- Now take one of your cutouts for the top layer and swiftly turn it over one of the cutouts with filling. Carefully peel back the parchment paper. Cup your hand and gently press your hand over the top layer, pressing it over the filling, using the fingers of your other hand to pinch the sides together. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. If there are any breakages in the top crust, just mend with a touch of water–it’s a lot like working with clay. Crimp the edges with a dry fork-or pinching them together is fine as well. Just make sure to wipe the fork clean after crimping each each pie as the fork starts to collect a bit of dough, rendering it problematic for the next pie.
- Continue until all pies are complete. Brush them with egg wash (or full fat coconut milk), and make 3 vents in each.
- Bake at 350 degrees covered very lightly with a piece of foil for the first 15 minutes, then without foil for the last 20-25 minutes.
- Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the tray for 20 full minutes before transferring them to a plate. If you’re in a hurry, you can pop the baking tray into the freezer for 10 minutes. See Tips section in post above for ice cream recommendations. Serve and enjoy! Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container.
- Prep Time: 30 min
- Cook Time: 35-40 min
- Category: SCD + Low-Carb
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: pastry
Keywords: grain-free, gluten-free desserts, dairy-free, vegan, specific carbohydrate diet, hand pies, pop tarts, low-carb, sugar-free
I’m just drooling over that berry filling oozing out of the top!! These look so beautiful, scrumptious, and adorable all at the same time! And I love all your sweet childhood stories so cool! Our moms operated the same way haha! My mom never skipped a lunch without hand washed/sliced carrots … too funny! Oh the good old 80’s ❤️
Aww haha you are the sweetest, thank you so much Natalie!! I love that you got the carrots in every packed lunch as well, that’s what made those random Hostess + Little Debbie treats so special! 😉
These hand pies look insanely delicious Catherine! And that crust- wow- the flaky texture is perfection. Now I know what I am going to make with those beautiful berries I just purchased 🙂
You are so kind thank you so much Noelle!! 😀 I’m so excited for you to try the hand pies, and it’s always such a treat to have fresh berries on hand, the possibilities are endless!
So I made mine way too small (only maybe 3 or 4 inches) so the ratio of crust to filling was off, but I still really like them and I’ll definitely be trying again, with a bigger cookie cutter 🙂 Thank you for the excellent recipe! (I didn’t realize you could achieve this flaky of crust on SCD— yum!)
Thank you so much for your kind review! I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying the recipe and that you like the crust! I hope the bigger cookie cutter will work beautifully for your next batch! 😀