For those of you who might be unfamiliar, tomorrow (3/14) is Pi Day! The number pi (π) is ~3.14, so on March 14th every year, math nerds all over the country celebrate by indulging with any and all types of pies. (My favorite pizzeria, for example, is going to sell whole pizza pies for $3.14 tomorrow! So excited!)
I tried to think of what my favorite dessert pie is so I could share the recipe with all of you, and it would have to be a marzipan hand pie. There's a great little coffee shop by my house called Lofty that sells them at their front counter, and they're perfectly flaky little treats. This particular hand pie uses white peaches, one of my absolute favorite fruits!
Vegan White Peach & Marzipan Hand Pies
For the Pastry -
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick vegan margarine
1/4 cup light brown sugar
A squeeze of lemon juice
1/4 cup ice water
For the Filling -
1 1/4 cup peeled and chopped peaches (1/4 - 1/2 of an inch thick)
4.5 ounces of vegan marzipan, cut into cubes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 teaspoon bourbon/whiskey, optional
For the Glaze -
1/2 cup icing sugar
2 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla paste
1) Combine flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. Add the margarine and pulse for a few moments into coarse crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can cut in the marg with a pastry cutter or by crumbling it between your fingers, old school. Add a squeeze of lemon and then a tiny bit of ice water, just a spoonful at a time, pulsing/mixing in between additions until it forms a dough and is not too crumbly.
2) Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide into two equal halves. Wrap in cling film and let chill in the freezer while you make the filling.
3) Cube everything and then put it all in a bowl. You're not done. Don't eat it all right now. Unless you want to make me feel better about my life choices in which case, go ahead.
4) Roll out half the pie dough on a well floured surface and cut out 6 circles - about 4 - 4.5 inches each. Spoon a couple of tbsp of filling into the middle of each one. Roll and cut out your other 6 circles for the tops, then brush a little soy milk around the edges of your pies and stick them together. Use a fork to crimp the edges and make them hold on. Cut a little cross or slash in the top for steam, and if you want to, you can brush with a little more soy milk to make them pretty.
5) Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350F.
6) Stir together until smooth. Drizzle over warm pies for a shiny glaze, or wait until cool for a sheer icing.