Flaky, buttery crust filled with a creamy bite of brown-sugar blended sweet potatoes results in my must-have Sweet Potato Hand Pies.
The thought of hand pies always takes me back to my childhood growing up in Louisiana. There was a lady that lived down the street from my grandmother who sold these sweet treats and I was in love from the first taste.
Hand pies can come baked or fried, but either way, they are a great dessert option --- especially around the holidays. At Thanksgiving, these always have a place at the table. Due to their size, they are easy to enjoy and when you're coordinating a large family meal, whipping these up minimizes planning and prep.
You can always purchase a store-bought pastry dough ahead of time, or you can make your crust from scratch a day in advance. However, I went with a homemade crust for this recipe. If you have the time, going with a homemade crust would be my preference. There is nothing like fresh, buttery pastry dough.
Making Sweet Potato Hand Pies:
After making your pastry dough, you'll want to place your dough in the fridge for at least an hour. By allowing your dough to chill, you give the gluten time to relax. This means a more tender dough. Plus, it makes the dough easier to work with, adds moisture back into the dough, and decreases the amount of shrinkage during the baking process.
I used crème fraîche (instead of butter) in my pastry dough to produce a softer texture, but for a more traditional (and more buttery texture), you can remove this ingredient and replace it with 1 stick (4 oz.) of cold salted butter cut into ½ inch cubes.
The sweet potato filling is where the party begins. Sweet potatoes have a health benefit too, but when you add butter, sugar, and cane syrup it will definitely "benefit" your taste buds. 🙂
These pies only take 17 minutes of baking until you are ready to consume the entire batch in one sitting. Just kidding...but not far fetched. When you want to add a great tasting pie recipe to your sweet tooth rotation give these Sweet Potato Hand Pies a spot on your table. Enjoy!
Want more sweet potato recipes? Check out my mini sweet potato pies made using the same tasty pie filling!Print