Put a spin on your classic peach pie this summer! These delicious Peach-Blueberry Hand Pies with Thyme and Vanilla Glaze from Elizabeth Harris of Floating Kitchen will become a staple in your summer menu. And, the addition of Harry & David Oregold® Peaches are sure to take your peach blueberry pie to the next level.
It’s fruit pie season, y’all! Nothing beats a freshly made seasonal fruit pie in the late Summer months. I feel like they truly are an indication that the “dog days of Summer” have arrived. And even as the temperatures soar and the sun’s rays become unrelenting, I’m content to turn on my oven so that I can indulge in as much buttery, flaky crust and sweet, sticky filling as I can get my hands on.
The only thing better than a big fruit pie, in my humble opinion, is a mini-version of said pie. Which is why I’m currently obsessing over these Peach-Blueberry Hand Pies with Thyme and Vanilla Glaze.
Let’s just all stop and agree that miniature everything is the best. How adorable are these pies? And you don’t have to share, which is a serious bonus. You get a whole peach blueberry pie all to yourself!
This all-butter pie crust recipe, has been my go-to recipe for years and it’s not hard to master. Just keep the dough cold and don’t overwork the ingredients and it will turn out great! I added fresh thyme leaves to the dough, which is an herb that plays nicely with both peaches and blueberries. And is also sturdy enough to withstand being rolled and baked into the crust. This recipe makes enough dough for about eight hand pies using a 6-inch cutter. But you can certainly use a larger or smaller cutter (or just free hand some shapes!), or make a full-size pie with a double crust.
These Peach-Blueberry Hand Pies with Thyme and Vanilla Glaze have a bit of a rustic quality to them, so no need to make them all perfect or identical! They would be the perfect addition to any Summer gathering!
Peach Blueberry Pie Recipe
Makes about 8 hand pies
For the Pie Crust
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
- About 1 cup buttermilk
For the Filling
- 3 Harry & David Oregold® Peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced into wedges
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons water
- 2-3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
For the Glaze
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Seeds from 1 scraped vanilla bean
Directions to Prepare the Crust:
- To make the pie crust, combine the flour, granulated sugar, salt and thyme in a large bowl. Add the cubed butter and toss to coat the butter in the dry ingredients. Then, using your hands, work the butter into the dry ingredients by squeezing it between your fingers. Try to work quickly so the butter doesn’t get too warm.
- Once the butter pieces are about kidney bean-sized, make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add about 1/2 cup of the buttermilk and use a fork to incorporate the flour mixture into the buttermilk. Add more buttermilk as necessary, 1/4 cup at a time, to make sure all the flour is moistened. The dough will be a bit shaggy at this point, but shouldn’t look dry.
- Dump the dough out onto a floured work surface and using your hands, knead and shape the dough together into a ball. Divide the dough ball in half and shape each half into a disk. Then wrap the disks with plastic wrap and chill them in your refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
- Remove the dough disks from your refrigerator and unwrap them. Working with one dough disk at a time, roll it out onto a well-floured work surface until it’s about 1/8-inch thick. As you’re rolling the dough, occasionally rotate it a quarter of a turn to ensure it’s not sticking to your work surface.
- Once the dough is rolled out, use a 6-inch round cutter to cut out circles. Place the dough circles on one of your parchment paper lined baking sheets (it’s okay to stack them). Re-shape and re-roll the scraps, continuing to cut out as many circles as possible. Repeat the same process with the second dough disk. You should get approximately 8 dough circles. Place the baking sheet with the dough circles in your refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes.
Directions to Prepare the Pies:
- Meanwhile, add the sliced peaches, blueberries and lemon juice to a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Then sprinkle this over the fruit, tossing gently until all the fruit is well coated. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg with the water.
- Remove the dough circles from your refrigerator and spread them out onto your two baking sheets. Place a couple tablespoons of the fruit filling slightly off-center in each of the dough circles. Brush the outer edges with some of the egg wash and then fold the dough circles over to create a half-moon shape, lightly pressing the edges together with your fingers. Then use the tines of a fork to press more firmly and seal the edges. Transfer the baking sheets to your refrigerator to chill the pies for 10-15 minutes.
- Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the baking sheets from your refrigerator. Use the tines of a fork to poke a couple vents in the top of each pie. Then brush the tops of each peach blueberry pie with some of the remaining egg wash and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
- Transfer the baking sheets to your pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the pies to cool slightly.
- While the pies cool, combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over each peach blueberry pie before serving. If desired, top with a few small thyme flowers (if you have them) or additional thyme leaves. Enjoy!
Pies are best when enjoyed on the day they are baked. But they can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 2 days and re-heated before serving.