Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies

Recipe and Photo by Chef Dennis Littley, A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis, www.askchefdennis.com

Yield: 16 Servings
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Sweet Ricotta Hand Pies

Sweet Pastry Crust recipe by Nick Malgieri

Ingredients

Sweet Cheese Filling

  • 1 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Sweet Pastry

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter very cold cut into pieces
  • 2 oz ice water
  • 4 large eggs

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Preparation

Sweet Cheese Filling

  • In a mixing bowl add ricotta, mascarpone, sugar, flour, egg, lime zest, vanilla powder, salt, and cinnamon and blend together
  • Add in chocolate chips
  • Refrigerate for two hours*

Sweet Pastry

  • In the bowl of your food processor, add 2 cups of flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and pulse a few times to mix.
  • Add the very cold butter slices to the food processor and pulse until all the butter has been incorporated
  • Add the eggs and pulse until it begins to ball up on the blade of the food processor.
  • If your dough looks too dry and a ice water a little at a time until it starts to come together.
  • Place dough on floured surface and roll into two logs.
  • Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until you are ready to use them.

Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Remove dough from refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour.
  • Cut logs into 8 pieces each and roll them into small circles, on a floured surface, using a rolling pin.*
  • Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of the dough and close to make a half moon.
  • Use a fork to seal the edges, cutting off any excess dough.
  • Repeat until all the pies are made.*
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the dough is a golden brown.