Ricotta & Chocolate Hand Pies

Ricotta & chocolate hand pies
Ricotta & chocolate hand pies

For years my day started with a cup of tea with milk and sugar. Strong Assam tea and Everyday dairy milk. But seeing my boys switch over to green tea I have also done the same. It’s been two months since I switched over to green tea. It wasn’t easy and it took time to get used to the new taste. And the feel-good factor is that my sugar intake has been cut down to a large extent. But sometimes the craving for something sweet comes. Like today.

I looked at what I had in stock and the idea for these hand pies struck me. I had some dark cooking chocolate, a bit of white chocolate chips and a tub of ricotta. Why not combine all the three into a filling for pastry? I got on with the pastry. The tub contained 250 grams of the soft cheese from Flanders dairy.
For the pastry:
50 grams chilled butter, cubed
120 grams flour
1 small egg
Break the egg in a small bowl and set aside. Place the flour in a large bowl. Add the cubed butter and rub it into the flour till the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg and mix gently till the dough comes together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for about 40 minutes.

The filling

The filling:
250 grams ricotta
Dark chocolate cut into chunks
2 tbsp white chocolate chips
Whisk the ricotta till smooth. Add the chocolate and chill the mixture as you roll the pastry.
Take the dough out. I used the lid of a kitchen container to make equal-sized discs.
Roll out the pastry into a circle. Put a spoonful of filling on one side. Wet the edges with water, fold and press the edges. You can either use a fork or crimp the edges.
Repeat with the rest of the dough. Make two to three cuts on the top for the steam to escape.

Before applying the egg-wash

Line a tray with greaseproof paper or foil. Place the pies on it and chill for another 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C. Take out the prepared tray and brush the hand pies with egg-wash and bake for twenty minutes or till they turn golden brown.
Remove and cool on a wire rack.
This turned out to be a lovely snack. With just the right amount of sweetness. It was all by eye and no exact measurements were taken for the chocolate.

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