Hand Me Some Sweets

It’s that crazy time of year again! Transitioning back into school mode takes some adjusting. It seems like every year requires us to be more and more hands on with our kids’ education. This Saturday we’re taking a break and filling our hands with Berry Hand Pies instead of school supplies! This is the sweetest way to celebrate the first week back! Berry Hand Pies

INGREDIENTS

1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed

1/3 cups sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup frozen strawberries 

1 cup frozen berries

1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 large egg 

DIRECTIONS

Mix together sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Add strawberries, blueberries and lemon juice and toss until evenly blended. Beat egg in a small bowl. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll 1 sheet puff pastry to an 11-inch square on a lightly floured surface. Cut 4 large rectangles out of each sheet of pastry. Discard trimmings. Place pastry on prepared sheet and put about 1/3 cup berry mixture onto one-half of each. Lightly brush edge of circle with egg. Fold dough over filling and crimp edges tightly to seal. Cut 3 small vents on top of dough. Repeat with remaining pastry and berry mixture. Brush pies with remaining egg.

Bake until golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool slightly.

*recipe inspired by Driscolls

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Naturally Sweet

Have you ever gone blueberry picking? We just did for the first time and it was wonderful. It is the perfect family outing. It doesn’t get much better than finding some of nature’s gems outside on a summer day with your most favorite people in the world. Plus you get to take your treasures home and make sweet treats with them. We decided to make a treat similar to one we used to enjoy years ago.  Remember back in the good ole days when Starbucks made delicious, melt in your mouth Crumbleberry Bars (and served Frappucinos that actually tasted good)?  If you don’t, then you’re in luck. We may have found a recipe for Crumbleberry Muffins so yummy it mimics Starbucks.  We are still trying to figure out the recipe to the original Frappucinos. We’ll let you know the secret if we do! In the meantime enjoy the sweet side of nature.

Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious