Quick. Easy. Adorable.
Air Fried Handmade Cherry Hand Pies – another good reason to welcome an Air Fryer into your life. Their quick, easy, adorable, and delightfully delicious!
I was gifted an air fryer for Christmas, so I have been experimenting with it a lot lately. French fries, hamburgers, eggs, French toast… Check. I love it! Thank you, husband!
I’m fortunate to have a stash of frozen hand-picked (tart) cherries in my deep freezer. I decided to see how making mini-pies in my air fryer would go. So, I began by thawing out a freezer bag full, and made up some cherry pie filling.
Simple Cherry Pie Filling:
Tart cherries (with their juice). I used 4 cups of thawed frozen cherries. You can certainly use canned cherries. Use 3 cans if you do.
3 tablespoons of corn starch
1 1/2 cups sugar
A drop* of almond extract.
* I have found that a little bit of almond extract goes a long way; it can quickly become over-empowering. Personally, I prefer just hint of almond-extract flavoring in my cherry pie, and have learned my preference is to use less than 1/4 teaspoon of extract. Any more and it is all I can taste!
Stir up all the ingredients for the pie filling in a medium cook pot over the stove, while allowing it to “cook up” for about 15 minutes over medium-low heat.
For the crust, in my quest for quickness, I used some refrigerated store-bought pie crust that I had on hand. Making homemade pie crust is easy and rewarding though. Here’s my beloved recipe for homemade pie crust:
It can be made with or without a KitchenAid. It’s the best!
I laid out the prepared pie dough and, using my largest biscuit cutter, pressed circles into the dough.
I then laid a cut-out circle out on some aluminum foil that I had sprayed with non-stick cooking spray onto foil I had cut-to-size for fitting into the air fryer’s cooking basket. If you don’t use cooking spray, they will likely stick to the foil some.
Using a slotted spoon, scoop up a spoonful of cherries, and place them into the center of the circle.
Use another circle overtop to cover the cherries. Using a small fork, gently press around the edges, creating a seal (and a cute design simultaneously).
I vented the top by making a small slit using a knife. I dusted the top with a little bit of granulated sugar. One of these days I will get some course sugar for baking occasions such as this!
Into the air fryer it went, along with another one I had prepared. Carefully lay the aluminum foil inside so that the pies remained flat.
I set the air fryer setting to 350 degrees for about 7 minutes. I then checked them and saw they were already a gorgeous golden brown color! So I simply removed the foil with the readied pies beautifully intact. I recommend that you begin checking to see if they look done around 5 minutes in 1 minute increments.
Perfection! So so easy…
Just continue repeating the process for your desired amount of hand pies. Or, you can use the rest of the ingredients to make a whole pie in your oven!
Links to two of my other pie recipe posts: