Strawberry and Custard Hand Pies

Strawberry custard hand pies | Butter Baking

It’s summer over here in Melbourne.

You wouldn’t know it with all the maple glazed pumpkin cake and gingerbread/eggnog macarons I’ve been baking.

But it is summer. High summer. I swear.

Strawberry custard hand pies | Butter Baking

My days (once I’ve finished the morning bake at work) are filled with lots of tanning, laying by the pool, swimming, trips to the beach, buzzing night markets, long walks, afternoon cocktails and ciders, brunch in the sun, and warm, balmy evenings out.

Strawberry custard hand pies | Butter Baking

I love it. I don’t want it to end. Ever.

Can it please stay somewhere between 25 – 30 C forever?

Can it be sunny and gorgeous and breezy and can the nights be balmy always?

Strawberry custard hand pies | Butter Baking

Can I wear loose blouses and little shorts and skirts and sandals and dresses and bikinis and singlets all year round?

Can berries and grapes and cherries and peaches and mango and plums and melons be in season constantly?


Strawberry custard hand pies | Butter Baking

Yeah, I wish.

While I wait for all my dreams to come true, let’s bake with some of that summer fruit.

Strawberry custard hand pies | Butter Baking

These were great. I love the whole little hand pie thing, that you can pick it up and take it with you, that they kinda look like pop tarts.

And those fresh summer strawberries got all jammy inside that buttery pastry and blended in with the custard to make the best filling only ever.

If you’ve got berries on hand, please please bake these. And if you don’t, Pin them and bake them later!

Strawberry custard hand pies | Butter Baking


For the pastry
Double quantity of Basic Sweet Pastry, refrigerated

For the pastry cream
Adapted from Flour.

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk (150ml)
2 tbsp sugar (25g)
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the fruit filling
2 punnets strawberries (500g, 1 pound)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp tapioca flour or cornstarch

To make the pastry cream, pour the milk into a medium saucepan and scald the milk – heat until bubbles appear around the edges, but it is not boiling.

While the milk is heating, mix together the sugar, flour and salt in a small bowl. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. Whisk the flour mixture to the egg yolks slowly. It will be thick and pasty.

Once the milk is heated, slowly pour it into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Once it is all incorporated, pour it back into the saucepan and heat over a medium heat. Whisk continuously and vigorously until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil.

Once the mixture is thickened and just beginning to bubble, whisk vigorously for 10 seconds and then turn off the heat, This cooks out the taste of flour.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, putting the plastic right onto the surface of the pastry cream. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until cold.

To make the pies, preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and line 3 trays with baking paper.

Hull and dice the strawberries into 1cm (1/2 inch) cubes. Mix them together with the sugar and tapioca flour in a large bowl. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is a couple of millimeters (1/8 inch) thick. Slice the dough into 10cm x 5cm (4 x 2 inch) rectangles.

Take one pastry rectangle. Brush the edges with water. Dot a small teaspoon of pastry cream in the center of the pastry. Top with 1 – 2 teaspoons of diced strawberries (not the juice). Cover with another pastry rectangle, and pinch the edges together.

Press the edges of the pastry down with a fork. Cut three small holes in the top of each hand pie with a knife. Place the hand pie on the prepared tray. Repeat until you have used all the pastry.

Brush the pies with a little water and sprinkle with some sugar (optional).

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the pies are golden brown. Makes 32 hand pies.

Happy baking!


24 Thoughts on “Strawberry and Custard Hand Pies

  1. They look delicious! Absolutely love strawberries. Thanks for sharing!

  2. YUM.
    These little beauties make me wish it was summer here for many reasons. I wish I had an abundance of fresh berries, and I especially wish the temperature was 25C, rather than the -28C we’ve been experiencing. :/
    Thank you for this little ray of sunshine in my cold, winter day! These look delicious, and I am looking forward to making these when North Dakota warms up!! :)

  3. Can’t wait to try these out when summer hits us in the north!

  4. Anne Bonney on January 26, 2013 at 5:41 am said:


  5. How gorgeous and cute are those?!?

    And if you’re looking for summer weather year-round, look no further than Hawaii :) We need a good bakery in our neighborhood!

  6. What a great way to use those beautiful summer fruits, super photos too!

  7. Hi Natasha! I’ve just discovered your blog… it’s beautiful, honest and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, in terms of switching careers etc. I’ve been wondering about doing the same thing myself but can’t bring myself to take the leap! Argh, maybe this year is THE year :)
    Thanks again and a big ‘happy Summer’ to you from Perth! x

  8. Hi Natasha! Thanks for this gorgeous post! I’ve just discovered your blog and it’s beautifully honest, inspiring and delicious! I also wanted to mention (after reading your ‘about me’) that I’m on the same journey in terms of career. I have been contemplating (without action) for a long time but I’ve decided that this year is THE year I am going to take the plunge! Thanks for being inspiring, and happy Summer from Perth x

    • Hi Laura! Thank you so much for the lovely and kind words about my blog! I am happy to hear that you like it :-)
      And I LOVE that you are on the same journey as me. 2013 seems to be a great year for new things (it’s definitely working for me!) and I hope you embrace it, make the most of it, and make a change! I’m super excited for you.
      Keep me updated as to what moves you make! Enjoy the rest of your summer too :-)
      N x

  9. Wow! These look so good!

  10. Hi, I’m wondering if we might be able to run this recipe and a photo on in the next week in our Valentine’s Week series. We’ll of course back link back to you and this post, give photo credit and all. Looks so good, would love to share with our readership too!

  11. This recipe looked great! So I decided to give it a try. While going through the recipe for the filling, it calls for flour, this is not currently in the list. I’m guessing the corn starch is suppose to be flour? I gave it a shot with corn starch and it did not turn out. I’m looking forward to finishing these pies!

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