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Saskatoon your Radio Hand Pies

Saskatoon your Radio Hand Pies | OhMyPotluck.comIt’s berry season! Last year, after the rivers in Calgary flooded, Saskatoon berries on the banks were contaminated, and I couldn’t get my hands on any of the delicious fruit. This year has been very different. A bush close to my house has been incredibly fruitful, and the city just planted even more bushes nearby! I’m pretty sure our mayor is addicted to Saskatoon berries and had some say in the foliage for the area. At least, I like to think so.

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I’ve never had much luck with full Saskatoon pies. The filling usually doesn’t thicken enough and each pie slice flattens on the plate as the berries leak out. I tried a new approach this time around and I think I might have actually found a recipe that works. That said, I’d committed to hand pies already, so I stuck with the plan… they turned out great, and were much loved.

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For today, I’ve settled on a song by well-respected, Chicago based group, Wilco. The song “Radio Cure” comes from the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which I listened to incessantly in high school. Basically, I love it, and I hope you do to.

Now, for the remainder of the baking, Saska-tune your radio to a great station and enjoy the melodies while you make these little pies. It’s just like the old times, before TV and Netflix.


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Saskatoon your Radio Hand Pies

Makes 2 dozen


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound vegetable shortening, chilled and cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into small chunks
  • 3/4 cup cold water (and more as needed)
  • 1/4 cup chilled vodka
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 4 cups Saskatoon or service berries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons minit tapioca
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom


  • 1/3 cup milk or egg whites, and more as needed
  • 1 cup walnuts, very finely chopped
  1. Sift together the flour, salt and sugar. Cut in the shortening and butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Make a well in the centre and pour in the water, vodka and lemon juice. Fold the dough together until it forms a ball. Divide into two balls and place in refrigerator for an hour. If you don’t plan on using the dough within 5 days, store in the freezer.
  2. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the chilled dough to make a 18” by 24” rectangle. Cut into about four dozen 3” squares. Save the rest of the dough for another recipe.
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  4. In a large saucepan, simmer berries in 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes. Stir the lemon juice in with the berries. Combine sugar, tapioca and spices. Stir the spice mixture into the berries.
  5. Put a heaping tablespoon of the filling on a square of dough, cover with another square and seal the edges. Cut an “X” into the top. Brush some milk or egg whites on to the top, then sprinkle with walnuts.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

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This entry was posted on July 5, 2015 by in Dessert, Pie, Summer and tagged , , , , , .

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