One of my favorite summer desserts is a classic berry pie. I usually go for a combination of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, and I love snacking on a warm slice topped with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream. So why not take that exact thing, but transform it into a milkshake? Yep, a milkshake!!
All it takes is one slice of berry pie or two berry hand pies, some vanilla ice cream, some milk, and a blender. Before you know it, you'll have a delicious drink that tastes like berry pie fresh out of the oven, but in a cold and refreshing way, perfect for those hot summer days.
You can always choose to use a slice of berry pie if you've already got it on hand, but I've got a simple recipe for some berry hand pies here so you can make the whole thing from scratch. I know, I know. We're going to bake some beautiful berry hand pies only to destroy them in a blender? The only way to get that authentic berry pie taste is with berry pie. Trust me, all of that goodness will transform before your eyes, and blend beautifully with that ice cream.
A few quick notes before you get started. This pie dough recipe is simple and can be made a day or two in advance, wrapped in plastic wrap, and kept in the fridge. Hand pies are easy to make and don't require any kind of pie dish, but you can always use this same pie dough recipe to make a full size pie without a top crust (or with a top crust if you double the recipe).
As for the berries, any berries will do! I chose to go with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, but the choice is all yours, depending on what you prefer. I hulled and chopped the strawberries and chopped the raspberries to be able to fit more berries in each hand pie because the more, the merrier, of course.
A FEW NOTES BEFORE WE GET STARTED.
Measuring Your Ingredients:
I strongly encourage that you use a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients and ensure that you have the most accurate measurements possible.
However, if you don’t have a scale on hand and will be using cup measurements, make sure to use the “spoon and sweep” method when measuring to avoid packing in too much of any dry ingredient.
When you first roll out the dough, you'll cut out two small star shapes, coat them in the egg wash, sprinkle them with a little sugar, and bake them while you prepare the hand pies.
Since you'll get that added sugar from the ice cream once the milkshake is blended together, I chose to not add any more sugar to the berries. The recipe makes three 4 or 4 ½ inch round hand pies, two to blend into the milkshake and one to enjoy with it.
You'll crimp the edges of the hand pies with a fork. The berry juices may leak out of the hand pies a little as they bake, but that's okay! As long as you've got them on a parchment covered cookie sheet, you shouldn't have a problem.
Once the hand pies have been baked, it's just a matter of blending the ice cream and milk together and then adding each hand pie, one at a time.
Just top with whipped cream and your baked pie stars, and you're ready to go!