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Cream pie, banana pie, chocolate peanut butter pie (my true favorite), and then there’s the one fruit pie I’ve learned to love the most over the years – Raspberry Pie. My mom used to make a raspberry pie from scratch – kneading and rolling and using cookie cutters – with her floured elbows, floured turtleneck, and raspberry stains. I can still taste it after all of these years.
With my love of pie, and the kids’ fierce love of raspberries, (they can decimate an entire pint in five minutes flat) I hid two pints away in the vegetable drawer of the fridge so that I could brainstorm my new idea – mini pies. Hand pies. Bite-sized pies filled with tart and sweet fruit, and not much else. Raspberries were my first choice because they’re in season here, and they remind me so much of my mom’s homemade raspberry pie (hint to you, Mom) and then I decided that peeled apples would be a great addition as well. They bake wonderfully and will retain just the slightest amount of crispness, but will mostly just melt into the ooey gooey raspberry/sugar concoction. Did I mention the ooey gooey raspberry/sugar concoction? It’s messy!
Luckily for me, I have NEW ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges. And luckily for all of us, I have a recipe for these delicious little pies. Call them hand pies. Call them mini pies. I personally call them pocket pies. Just call them delicious!
Raspberry Apple Pocket Pies!
These are messy, yummy, tart, sweet, party-friendly, kid-friendly, sponge-friendly, and all around awesome! Try them with your fruit of choice.
- Circle/Star/Heart/etc. cookie cutters
- 1 package ready-made pie crust or your best homemade pie crust recipe
- 1 large egg, beaten in a bowl
- 12 ounces (2 packages) raspberries
- 1 large apple, peeled
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp organic vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, diced apples, and vanilla extract and blend together evenly
- Lightly flour a cutting board or other large surface and unroll your pie crusts
- Cut a round circle of dough, brush with egg, and top with your fruit/sugar mixture
- Then cut out a second circle and press firmly around the edges to seal the two circles into one hand or pocket pie
- Use a fork for decorations and to make sure it's sealed
- Keep going until you run out of dough completely
- Brush the tops of your pies with egg and bake for 20 minutes or until golden
- Let cool and serve
Now let’s talk about cleanup. It’s always wonderful to be able to create delicious meals and desserts without worrying about the cleanup. Thanks to ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges, we clean our dishes without scratching surfaces. Pie is messy!
ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges are great for cleaning non-stick cookware and bathroom tile, and they scrub our kitchen and bathroom surfaces without any scratching at all. My pie recipe is so messy as is, and I’m not the most organized person in the world, so I’m not sure I’d be able to make my pocket pies without ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges there to help clean.
And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to get really excited about a sponge, just ask Cassidy how often I add them to the shopping list, just because I don’t think you can ever have enough. We have messy kids and pets. Maybe I’m the messy one!
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I think you know now that I’m a domestic work in progress. I’ve had to outsource a lot of tasks over the years, or I’ve watched as Cassidy has taken over. No more! When I buy cleaning products myself, and use them, I truly appreciate the ones that work the best for me. I may not be the neatest person in the world, but I think a clean bathroom and a clean kitchen are key.
So whether you’re a parent, a college kid, buying your first house, or pretty much going through any walk of life, check these out. They may even help you to be more adventurous in the kitchen like I’ve been being! My first hand pies were a success!