Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust


Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

On hot summer days I’m always feelin’ pie. And ice cream. Ice cream is important.

Somedays I want pie with a side of ice cream. Somedays I want ice cream with a side of pie. If I’m feeling the latter, that’s when these little baby mini hand pies are called to order. Cuuuuute.

But let’s be honest, while I love the flavor of this buckwheat crust (it’s nutty and robust and earthy), it kind of gives the crust a more dull brown color than the pretty golden brown we usually associate with pie crust. Soooo, we’re calling these ‘rustic’. That’s what we do, right? Whenever something is sort of ugly, we just call it ‘rustic’…? Yes. I think we’re gonna call these “rustic.”

Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

I feel a little one-trick-pony-ish with this recipe because they’re sort of a smaller version of this Cherry Pie with a Rye Crust. So, I’m sorry (a little), but seriously mixing different flours to make new flavored pie crusts is my new obsession.

I’m pretty into using different flours, playing them off of the different fruit they’re paired with. I think it’s neat.

I’m also really obsessed with fall-like spices paired with summer fruit. In this instance, blackberries are cooked with cardamom and a dash of nutmeg–it’s dreamy stuff, man.

Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

A few weeks ago someone asked me if I eat everything I make here and my response was like, duh of course, BUT I don’t eat everything, as in ALL of it. I can’t eat 12 hand pies to myself. There’s no way. Even if I wanted to–which I never do–I couldn’t. And let’s be honest with ourselves, eating 12 hand pies would be way depressing. Like, serious low-point. So, I figured I’d show you how I eat most blog posts:

Picture 1: I generally move nothing. I usually have my camera on my lap with a spoon handy. In this case, I ate it on the parchment so I didn’t dirty another dish. My dirty dishes situation after a day of cooking is sad. Just sad.

Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

Picture 2: Pie needs ice cream. So I gave it some.

Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

Picture 4: Annnnd gone. I demolished one hand pie in exactly three bites. I wrapped four hand pies in plastic wrap and put them in my purse for later. The rest went to my neighbor.

And now you know how I eat blog posts. Glamorous.

Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

Blackberry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

Serving Size: 12 hand pies


Pie Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 8 ounces 2 sticks unsalted butter, frozen
  • 3/4 cup water, cold, divided


  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg


  • 1 large egg beaten with a splash of milk or water, for egg wash
  • Turbinado sugar


  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, buckwheat flour, sugar, salt and cardamom. Using a box grater, grate the cold butter atop the flour mixture. Working quickly, and using your hands, break the butter bits into the flour until they’re evenly distributed and resemble the size of small peas. Add 1/2 cup of water; mix the dough together until it just begins to clump together. The dough will shaggy. Add one tablespoon at a time until it starts to come together. I added an extra 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of water.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured counter. Knead the dough a few times until it comes together and shape it into a mound. Shape the disc into 2 discs and wrap them in plastic wrap; transfer them to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour or overnight.
  • While the dough is chilling, make the filling! To a medium saucepan, add the blackberries, tapioca starch, sugar, salt, cardamom and nutmeg. Over medium heat cook the mixture for 5 minutes, until the fruit has softened.
  • Remove one of the discs of dough from the refrigerator. Liberally flour your work surface and rolling pin. Begin to roll the dough, being sure to rotate it every so often to avoid sticking, to a 14-inch round. Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut 6 circles out. Repeat the process with the second disc of dough. You should end up with about 12 circles of dough.
  • Spoon a small amount of the blackberry mixture into the center of the dough, leaving about 3/4-inch space around the edges. Note: you might have to halve some of the blackberries since the larger ones will be too big. Brush egg wash along the edges of each of the dough circles. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges to seal. Using the tines of a fork, sealing the edges. Repeat the process until all of the hand pies are made. Transfer the pies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the hand pies in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Brush the tops of the hand pies with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake the pies for 15-17 minutes, until the tops and edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Eat warm or room temperature.
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  • Reply Jo June 7, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Those blackberry hand pies are as adorable as you are! And I got my pancake book in the mail today!! Having a pancake breakfast party next weekend with your recipes as the special guest! Life is oh, so, very good!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Oh yay! Hello you’re sweet! Thank you for ordering it.

  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe June 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I actually think these don’t look ugly, just rustic in a very cute and appealing way to me. Maybe it’s just because I have quite a thing for anything whole-wheat and cereal…
    anyway, these little babies are such a great idea for summer desserts! I can’t believe I haven’t thought of pairing little pies with ice cream before…I have to fix this lack asap!

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply karen June 7, 2013 at 4:28 am

    omg our blackberry bush is in full swing, i’ve been making BB loaves this past week but I’ll give these a try.

    *SIDE NOTE* I saw your pancake vid on leaftv’s YT channel and you are so freaking cuteeeeee omg! also what nail polish were you wearing???

  • Reply Tieghan June 7, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Oh my gosh! What a treat these must be!! So cute and delicious looking! I love all that blackberry filling oozing out!

  • Reply Sarah June 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I love that they have cardamom and nutmeg in them! I must make them.

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) June 7, 2013 at 6:31 am

    These are gorgeous!! And I love cardamom, it is probably one of my favorite baking spices (and using it for savory applications too). It has so much warmth!

    Love these photos too. Especially the “way I eat blog posts” ones 🙂

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie June 7, 2013 at 6:51 am

    These would not be cuter, and I love that you did a buckwheat crust! Happy weekend dear! xo

  • Reply Tina June 7, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Hello cutie pies! I remember the first hand pies u put into ur site. I love love buckwheat flour! This totally made me happy 🙂

  • Reply Rachael June 7, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I’m less than two weeks from my due date and am starting maternity leave next week. My plan is to bake up a quantity of delicious sweet things to have on hand to be able to eat one-handed while nursing or toting a small child. So far my list consists of Bourbon-Peach Hand Pies from Smitten Kitchen and now these. Apparently all I want is little bits of pie in my life. These look PERFECT.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Oh wow congratulations! I made those hand pies a super long time ago and they’re awesome.

  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker June 7, 2013 at 7:45 am

    haha I often get ask that question too! But with my family and friends we eat everything in a instant. Lovely pies, and such a unique crust

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I recently fell in love with cardamon, I have to try this!

  • Reply Rachel June 7, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Ohhh yummy! I ran into a teensy neighborhood pie shop yesterday while running and have been dreaming of cute summer pies ever since. Just curious… is there a way to make a decent pie crust without using so much butter??

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

      You can use shortening or lard? I’m not sure if that helps. I’m sure you could do this with less butter but it may turn out super dry rather than flakey and flavorful.

  • Reply Eileen June 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    These pies sound like the best possible way to use up some of the buckwheat flour that’s been languishing in my freezer! So sweet and juicy–perfect.

  • Reply Jen @ Savory Simple June 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Cardamom is one of my favorite dessert spices. I love this!

  • Reply autumn June 8, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I love the idea of adding a little buckwheat flour into the crust! The flavor goes so well with so many berries. So lovely!

  • Reply Jenna Ponraj June 8, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I totally just found this lovely blog from COOKIE + kate’s amazing ravings. Those pies are beautiful. And like who isn’t into rustic these days? I actually like the slightly burnt, lopsided, un-perfect look better then the perfect picture one. I mean when you look at someone else’s perfect pictures you either think yikes I’m in bad shape or can you use photo shop on recipes? Your blog is going on my list of blogs to follow!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Oh awesome! I love Kate’s blog! Welcome. Glad you found me. x

  • Reply [email protected] June 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    These look really yummy! Your photography is lovely Adrianna.

  • Reply Jayne June 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Oh oozy oozy hand pies. Easier to eat than big pies. Might try this out with some strawberries or blueberries. Maybe even bananas! Or apples. My mind is going everywhere!

  • Reply Erika June 10, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Well now these look incredible.. Nothing better than a pie that fits perfectly in your hand. 🙂

  • Reply Alanna June 10, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Oh my god! These are entirely up my alley as I’m obsessed with both buckwheat and cardamom…and pie…and ice cream! The way you eat your blog’s food looks suspiciously familiar… 😉 That cherry pie looks crazy good, too!

  • Reply Jennifer June 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Hi, do you think the crust would hold with 100% buckwheat flour?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

      I think it will hold. But it maybe super tough and not supple enough. Also, you may need a tad bit more liquid, but give it a try!

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  • Reply Theo Tenia July 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Hi! I’m absolutely obsessed with these! I want to make them this weekend but am not sure if I will be able/am too lazy to hunt down tapioca starch. I always have cornstarch on hand, will that thicken the filling enough?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Yes! Use the same amount of corn starch–it’ll work great!

  • Reply Gail @ 2Create in Color July 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

    These look fantastic! I love buckwheat pancakes but haven’t experimented with the flour much. Pie crust is always a hot topic with me — so glad I found you (via a long chain of pinterest clicks, just FYI) Now, to get my sister-in-law to share some of her blackberries!

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  • Reply Sue Kerrigan April 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Nah, dude, you gotta tell people you eat your food on locally-sourced earthenware personally hand-thrown by Martha Stewart, and you use a spoon made by a sixteenth-generation master blacksmith from the spoon-forging region of Kashmir.