Almond, Pear and Cherry Pocket Pies
- All-purpose flour, for work surface
- 2 (7-ounce) sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 2 to 3 Bartlett pears
- 1/2 cup blanched and sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
- 1/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 a lemon)
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet at a time and roll each into a 10 by 15-inch rectangle. Using a ruler, cut each into 2 (5 by 15-inch) rectangles, then cut each rectangle into 5 (5 by 3-inch) rectangles. Transfer the 20 rectangles on to the baking sheet and chill in the fridge until cold.
Remove the rectangles from the fridge, place 5 of them on a new baking sheet and evenly spoon half the fruit mixture onto them, leaving a little bit of a border all around. Beat the egg and lightly brush the borders. Lay 5 more rectangles of dough over the filling. Use a fork to press them gently sealed. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Brush the tops with the beaten egg. Cut 3 vents, about 1/2-inch long, in the top of each pie. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake, rotating once, until the crust is golden and you see the juices bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the pies on a cooling rack at least 20 minutes before serving.
Recipe courtesy Anne Thornton