Baking| Apple Strawberry Basil Hand Pies from Beantown Baker {SRC}

“Looks like you could use an extra hand.”
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Apple Strawberry Basil Hand PiesWe’re already trotting through the second week of September, the days are whizzing by! Just when I thought I’d done the SRC for the month, a Plum Almond Ginger Summer Fruit, I found a reminder in my inbox. Whoa we’re into the next month, a race against time as always, yet this club is fun! I made delicious Apple Strawberry Basil Hand Pies that I picked & adapted from Beantown Baker, my secret blog for September.

The Secret Recipe Club is the brainchild of Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’.

Secret Recipe Club'The idea behind the club – Each month you are “assigned” a participating food blogger to make a recipe from. It’s a secret, so don’t tell them you are making something from their blog! Click on the link if you want to join the fun!!

Apple Strawberry Basil Hand PiesJen @ Beantown Baker lives in Boston with her hubby and two cats. She works as an engineer by day, and is baker by night when she gets home and enjoys spending her free time in the kitchen. She loves all desserts and has a huge to-bake list. Her hubby serves as her number one taste tester and her lucky coworkers and friends get to enjoy baked goods on a regular basis.Apple Strawberry Basil Hand Pies It was wonderful to explore her blog as we seem to have so much in common, beginning with a ‘love for baking’!  It was like a treasure chest, I flitted from one post to another, so much to do and so little time! I thought I’d bake these utterly delicious looking Strawberry Peach Basil Bars but sadly the stone fruit season has drawn to an end. Then I chanced upon these Strawberry Hand PiesApple Strawberry Basil Hand PiesYES!! I’ve been charmed by hand pies forever but have never got down to making these sweetly delicious sorts! They reminded me of pop tarts! I went with whatever fruit I had on hand… apples and frozen strawberries. In a last minute moment of inspiration, I threw in some fresh basil! YUM! I also tried a few different shapes, including a roll up and a lattice!Apple Strawberry Basil Hand PiesThey turned out to be delicious, though I think I rolled the dough a tad too thin. As Jen says, “The pastry dough is VERY easy to work with. And quite tasty.”  I kept my pies vegetarian and gave the pastry a low fat cream wash, followed with a sprinkling of vanilla sugar. Hand pies are convenient food, great grub on the go and and can be sweet or savoury. Almost every culture has a version of their own, mostly baked. Apple Strawberry Basil Hand Pies

Hand pies are semilunar-shaped pastries with either a sweet or savory filling, formed by placing a dollop of filling onto a circular piece of biscuit-style dough and then folding it over and crimping it shut. They may be baked, fried or deep-fried.

Apple Strawberry Basil Hand Pies English Cornish pasties are said the most famous in this category, and go back to the 1800’s when miners wives would freshly bake shortcrust pastry with a beef filling, and pop the pies wrapped in a towel or newspaper into the miners pockets. Miners would hold the pies with the crimped edges, their hands dirty with arsenic and coal etc, eat the pie and throw away the crimped edge.Apple Strawberry Basil Hand Pies
Apple Strawberry Basil Hand PiesMany countries have popular versions of hand pies. India has the addictive samosa, a  savoury patty, deep fried and absolutely delicious. Traditionally with a stuffing of potatoes, peas {and sometimes cottage cheese and raisins}, the filling is wrapped in a triangle of pastry and deep fried. We munched through cartloads of these in school, college and while I was working. I have a Chicken Mince Cocktail Samosa posted here which makes for great cocktail / party snacks. Apple Strawberry Basil Hand PiesOther versions include the Spanish empanada, the Italian calzone & Jamaican patties. Have you heard of any others? OK we have more … Malaysian curry puffs {thank you Jehanne@ The Cooking Doctor}, Indian gujiya {thank you Fahad @ Simply Fahad-istic}.


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. Looks so scrumptious! Apple is any bake is delicious! Makes me want to pick one up right off the screen!!

  2. Beautiful pies! I realy love the addition of basic. Very original. Lovely clicks too.



  3. They look and sound so good:)

    I love smaller individual things~
    beautifully presented as always~
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  4. Deeba, I’m in love with this take-along treat!
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  5. I made Jen’s hand pies too. They were gone in a flash. Sounds like a great flavor combination.
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  6. These look amazing!

  7. Your blog is SO beautiful. I see how much you love baking and photography. Your hand-pies made me happy just looking at them!

  8. These look amazing, bursting with fruit flavour. A perfect pick for the SRC!
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  9. Isn’t apple the flavor of the day! Love the pictures and love your pick for SRC. As always Deeba you have made a great looking (and I bet tasting) dessert!
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  10. yet another gorgeous bake, deeba..and to answer you, Malaysian curry puffs are almost like samosa..I’ve got a draft written on it, sitting there collecting dust as the pics are so lousy..:-(
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  11. Gorgeous! Love the flavor combination.
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  12. Apple strawberries and basil… that’s an unusual flavor combination! I should try that sometime – very curious to see what the basil adds to the fruit. The pies look gorgeous for sure :-)
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  13. Basil – what a fresh addition! I definitely would not be as likely to discard the crimped edge like those miners…
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  14. So cute! Love these little pies…they look really delicious and like lots of fun! :)
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  15. I’ve always wanted to make fruity hand pies. especially since I knew there had to be better than than the packaged brands I grew up. Yours look amazing, Deeba, and have catapulted my need to make them soon! Couldn’t have chosen and ‘rocked’ a better recipe!
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  16. I do love baking sweets with herbs, Deeba. The fruits you used are really good together and I love the way you presented those adorable little gems.
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  17. Monica Smith says:

    The English Cornish pastie is a great way to use left overs but it is baked not fried.

  18. Fabulous pies,looks incredible..
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  19. So adorable and irresistible! You’ve put together an interesting combo of flavors.
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  20. How charming, you push the limit in baking sooo much. Enjoyed your recent interview.
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  21. Your pies look wonderful and I love all your design variations.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook
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  22. The basil has me intrigued Deeba…I guess it is unfair to relegate it to only savory dishes so I’ll be adventurous next time too. They look so beautiful…too pretty to eat. But I would if you forced me!
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  23. Wow. These look absolutely wonderful. Your phots are beautiful !

  24. Beautiful photos as always. Love the idea of adding basil to the strawberry filling! Great post.

  25. Sounds like a delicious find. They look so nice and rustic!

  26. Strawberry + Basil. Wow. This looks fantastic. Can’t wait to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  27. This might sound silly of me,but in India we have a sweet named ‘gujia’,these pies reminded me of it.The reason – gujias look just the same,though they are very different,they are filled with a mixture of wholemilk fudge and nuts.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.:-)
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  28. I’d never heard of hand pies but I’m an expert on eating Cornish pasties (actually my husband is as he eats one every day when we are on holiday in UK). These look so pretty and delicate – I love the strip of fabric round the top of the milk bottle. Basil with strawberries – two summery tastes that I adore.
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  29. I love the idea of combining sweet fruit with herbs that one might consider savoury. Too bad I just recently killed my basil plant. I might have to go out and buy another one now to make these beautiful pies.
    *kisses* HH
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  30. These pies look fascinating. They look like a bigger, fruitier version of our local gujjiya.

    I would love to try this one and when I do, I ‘d let you know.
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  31. Yummy … pies. What a unique combination & delicious photographs.
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  32. These are just so pretty and they sound absolutely scrumptious!
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  33. Your handpies look delicious. Handpies are on my baking to do list. I’m so intrigued by the combination of fruit and basil. Beautiful photos!
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  34. Gera@Sweets Foods Blog says:

    You know Deeba in my country these pies are called sweet empanadas.
    As you guess I love them, more if they have strawberry and apple inside :)


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  35. Ooo, basil and strawberries are such a nice pairing!
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  36. This looks delicious, and I love all the extra information! I have some fresh apples in my fridge and a basil “tree” in my front yard…think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend :-)
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  37. Deeba, just lovely. Now I’ve been charmed by hand pies, too. :)
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  38. OMGoodness Deeba, I always liked the half moon shaped hand pies whether sweet or savory. Love the added basil into the mix I never combined as of yet basil into sweet, maybe now that you did I would brave it!! :)

  39. They look fantastic.
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  40. Vivian thiele says:

    I love hand pies but have never tried making my own. Great SRC choice
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  41. Love these pies, your photos are amazing as always! I really love the basil in your recipe!
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