A flaky crust stuffed with homemade lemon curd make these Fresh Lemon Hand Pies perfect for dessert!
Spring is quick approaching. Proof being… I have new baby calves “hitting the ground”. Last spring we AI’ed (artificial inseminated) half of our herd and their due date is today (February 28th). We’ve had 6 come early… but early isn’t a bad thing because cows are just like people… some cows just have their babies early, while some go over their due dates. I have 20 more AI’ed cows to go and then our natural bred cows will start in roughly 3 weeks.
Picture below is of a new mama with a wet, wobbly, fresh baby who is up and looking for its first meal within minutes!
It really is the most wonderful time of year!! Just ask anyone with new babies 😉
Ranchers (farmers) really go unnoticed…. cattle ranchers feed the world with the most popular meat protein, but do people really understand the amount of heart and soul that goes into this job?
Each year there are thousands of baby calves born. Thousands of hours of sleep lost, dollars lost, and tears shed. Raising livestock isn’t all about the glory and it’s not always a money maker, but we try to make it about glory and making money!
Picture below is of a day old baldie calf enjoying the warmth of the barn.
We all hope that when it’s calving, lambing, or kidding season that we start and finish in the best way possible. Sometimes, that happens. Sometimes, it doesn’t. So far this year, we are on the uphill and we’re 6 for 6 and I hope to be 60 for 60, but we’ve got a long ways to go. Crossing my fingers and toes!
As our calving season approaches we try to get as much sleep as possible as our nights will soon become very slim. Calf checks around the clock. Some check every hour. Some check every two. If you’re cows are really reliable, you can get away with checking every four. When it’s below zero and the wind is blowing up your you-know-what…. it takes you 30 minutes to get dressed and undressed and then an hour to warm up the side-by-side or 4-wheeler and drive through the cows or check everyone locked in the barns. By this time, you’ve already been up for an hour and a half. Then if you have a baby, you must tend to it and the mother to make sure it’s getting up and around as quickly as possible. So then tack on another 30 minutes…. that’s when there isn’t any trouble. You better go check those cows again before you head back to the house just in case!
Our first calf of the year! The girls are wondering, “Why aren’t you black like us?!”
Remember when I said we always want to stay on the uphill of not losing any babies?! Well… sometimes that doesn’t happen. Mother Nature, animal or human error can cause us to shed tears and lose a new life. Not going to lie… I always shed a tear when one of the babies don’t make it. Not only for the mother standing there bawling and cleaning her lifeless baby, but also because that’s part of our profit going down the drain. That cow that we just housed, fed and cared for for the last 365 days… just lost her paycheck to pay for herself and it hurts. We don’t stop though… we keep fighting and we keep punching that time clock that only gets paid if everything goes right and mother nature, animal and human work together to make it right.
It’s a struggle. We do everything we can to care for our livestock in the best ways possible. Some choose conventional. Some choose organic. Each have their own benefits, but one thing is for sure we love and care for our livelihood in the best way we know how. Ohh… and this is only the birthing part of raising livestock. There’s many more hours that go into getting our product to your plate!
So if you ever run into a farmer.. or rancher.. be sure to just say “thank you”. Especially if you enjoy that nice rare steak on your plate! 😉
Maybe…. even thank a farmer with one of these Fresh Lemon Hand Pies!
These flaky, and I mean flaky, crust hand pies with a tart, but yet sweet filling will bring spring to your taste buds. These small desserts are perfect for a party or when you’re on the go… or when you want to show off a fancy dish with little effort.
I choose to make them with homemade pastry and lemon curd, but by all means if you’re in a pinch you can substitute boughten… although after you try them with homemade curd, you won’t want boughten again! Promise!
- No Fail Pie Crust
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups shortening
- 5 tablespoons cold water
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 egg, beaten
- Lemon Curd
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 lemon zest
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- Egg Wash
- 1 egg
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
- Lemon Curd
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with zest.
- Stirring with a whisk add the sugar, stirring until smooth.
- Add the eggs, stirring until smooth again.
- Finally, add the lemon juice.
- Stir constantly until mixture thickens and will coat the back of a spoon.
- Remove and refrigerate. Meanwhile prepare pie crust.
- Pie Crust
- In the mixing bowl fitted with a paddle, combine the flour and shortening, mixing just until it begins to get wet.
- In a bowl (*or measuring cup*) combine the cold water, vinegar, and egg.
- Pour into the flour.
- Mix just until combined.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and roll into 1/4 inch thick.
- Using a round cutter (I used a wide topped wine glass) and cut as many circles as you can get. (I got 28 circles).
- Preheat oven to 400*F
- Combine egg wash ingredients.
- Remove curd from refrigerator and place roughly 1 tablespoon of mixture in the middle of half the circles.
- Brush the outside circle with the egg wash.
- Top with another circle.
- Crimp with the tip of fork or any method you choose.
- Brush the top with egg wash (you may also sprinkle with sugar at this point) and with a knife carefully place a slit in the top of each.
- Bake at 400*F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- **Optional: may drizzle with white chocolate once baked**
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