These homemade hand pies taste so good & just make you feel like you are wrapped in big hug. I decided to make these blueberry filled yummies to commemorate the first lunar landing. Tomorrow, July 20, 2019, is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission. So what better to top them with than some galaxy icing. Enjoy, and look up in the sky tomorrow night and gaze in wonder!
- 2 batches of your favorite pie dough (I use Texas Pie Co. Pie Dough Pucks sold at HEB, my local grocer)
- 1 TBS water
- 1 TBS flour
- 1 cup blueberry jam
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, slightly mashed
- 1 beaten egg for egg wash
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- Black, Purple & Blue food coloring (I used Wilton)
- Edible pearl dust
- Edible silver stars
- Pop Tarts:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and parchment paper.
- Mix the flour and water in a small bowl. Add the jam and mashed blueberries, and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
- If preparing your own pie dough, divide it, and refrigerate half while you work with the first half.
- Lay out parchment paper on your counter & dust with flour. Roll out first half of dough. You should be able to get 6 rectangular pieces out of each half of dough.
- Lay 3 of the rectangles on the prepared baking sheet. Spoon a little over 1 TBS of blueberry filling in the middle of each rectangle. Brush the edges with egg wash, and cover with the other rectangle. Press the edges together with your fingers. Using a fork, make a pattern around the edge by pressing the fork into the dough. You may notice that your pop tarts look a little uneven. Trim with a knife.
- Repeat this process with the other half of your dough.
- Brush all of the pop tarts with egg wash. Prick all of the pop tarts on the top with a fork, so steam can escape while baking.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are lightly golden brown. Let cool completely on a cooling rack, before icing.
- Galaxy Icing:
- Mix the powdered sugar with the milk in a medium bowl. Only add 1 TBS of milk at a time. You want the icing mixture to be thick enough to hold its shape, but not runny or too thick. It should move slowly off of a spoon, not drizzle, if that helps.
- Using a toothpick or skewer place 4-6 dots of each shade of food coloring, through out the top of the icing. Do not mix, you want the food coloring to stay on the top of the icing. You can use a flat knife to give it a bit of swirl, but on the top only.
- Using your hands, dip each pop tart in the mixture and swirl. Place on a cooling rack to drip. Lightly sprinkle with pearl dust. This gives it a “Milky Way” look. Randomly, place silver stars on top. Let set for about 30 minutes.
Naturally, you can make these without the galaxy icing. Just pipe the icing in a zig zag motion to add that hint of sweetness. These make a great breakfast or dessert. Enjoy!