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updated 7/2/2013 10:50:42 PM ET 2013-07-03T02:50:42

Recipe: Blackberry-raspberry handpies

  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons ice water, plus more if necessary
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • Coarse salt
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon plus 11/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Whisk together sour cream, lemon juice, and ice water in a bowl. Mix together flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar in a large bowl. Add butter and beat with a mixer on medium-low until mixture resembles coarse meal with some blueberry-size clumps remaining. Gradually beat in sour-cream mixture until just combined but still crumbly. (Squeeze a small amount of dough to see if it holds together. Beat in more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary.) Divide dough in half, gather into 2 flat rectangles, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until just firm, 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir together berries, remaining  granulated sugar, cornstarch, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a bowl. Slide 1 dough rectangle, still on parchment, onto a work surface. With a long side facing you, cut dough crosswise into four 3½-by-7-inch strips.

Roll out each rectangle of dough into a 7-by-14-inch rectangle on a piece of floured parchment with a floured rolling pin. (Dough will be very thin.) Transfer rectangles on parchment to 2 baking sheets and refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes.

Mound 2 tablespoons berry mixture in center of bottom half of each strip. Brush edges with egg wash and fold top half over fruit to enclose. Press firmly to seal and trim bottom edge, leaving folded top edge uncut. Cut vents in each pie and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet lined with fresh parchment. Transfer to freezer. Repeat with remaining dough and berry mixture. Freeze hand pies until very firm, at least 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375° with racks in upper and lower thirds. Lightly brush pies with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake, rotating sheets and switching racks halfway through, until pies are golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.


You can substitute store-bought dough in a pinch.

Serving Size

Makes 8 servings

Recipe: White cranberry and pineapple punch

  • 7 cups store-bought white cranberry juice
  • 4 cups store-bought pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 cups ginger ale
  • 1/4 mango, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced into half moons, for garnish
  • 1/4 papaya, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced into half moons, for garnish
  • Ice cubes, for serving

In a large serving pitcher, stir together juices and ginger ale; garnish by floating mango and papaya slices on surface. Serve poured over ice.

Recipe: Red iced tea

  • 6 cups water
  • 4 Red Zinger tea bags
  • 4 Raspberry Zinger tea bags
  • 4 Blueberry Zinger tea Bags
  • 1 orange, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 lemon, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Sprigs fresh mint, for garnish
  • Ice

Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add tea bags and steep for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Add remaining 2 cups water. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.

Video: Martha Stewart’s last-minute July 4 party ideas

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    >> and we are back with martha on today. this morning last minute ideas for 4th of july . they are endorsed by martha .

    >> of course all inside the pages of martha stewart living . happy early 4th to you.

    >> same to you guys. what are you doing? are you going to celebrate.

    >> i'll be here.

    >> oh.

    >> holding down the fort.

    >> you'll be celebrating.

    >> this is for savannah, this is for willie.

    >> oh.

    >> these are just paper cups you can embellish. get the kids to do it so everyone has a paper cup . they're very festive. this is another great idea for the drink bucket. they're balloons filled with water and you freeze them. they are a little melted but they're so cute.

    >> then you don't get the watery ice tub that you end up with.

    >> they're cute and once they thaw you put them back in the freezer and they freeze again.

    >> great.

    >> they are renewsable. this say delicious punch made out of white cranberry juice . you can mix it with lemon or orange or pineapple. any of the fresh juices you like. it's very tasty and good.

    >> is it okay to use store bought juice as well.

    >> of course. unsweetened because the cranberry juice is sweet but garnish this with slices of orange or lemon. blueberries are delicious and use these in the paper cup . look, this is mango cut into little star with the cookie cutter. honey dew melon and all pretty, all healthy and this is a red zinger tea. embellish it with the same fruit.

    >> i love it.

    >> very healthy. very nice. if you want to embellish your own cup.

    >> we have all of these nice tapes. all of these nice stickers.

    >> that's cute. you just make a little craft station.

    >> whatever you like and willie, that's your cup.

    >> you can get the kids on this. go decorate your cup.

    >> i would not say this is an adult craft, necessarily.

    >> maybe for savannah.

    >> exactly.

    >> savannah loves doing these kinds of things.

    >> i really do.

    >> so you can put the pretty tapes -- all of these are available at the craft stores or at the stationery stores . everything you do is cute. food is important for 4th of july , you need hamburgers, probably, tuna burgers. i'm going to be doing tuna burgers and pies. fresh berries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries.

    >> and you like doing those.

    >> and here's your pastry so you can just roll this out. use a piece of plastic wrap . this is a cream cheese sour cream dough.

    >> you're putting the plastic out.

    >> yeah, you don't have to use a lot of flower. get this rolled out into a nice even rectangle and then pale back the plastic and you can start filling your pie.

    >> i'm taking artistic liberty with the shape of mine. do you mind?

    >> no, that's fine.

    >> put a little egg wash all the way around the edge, like this.

    >> over the edge .

    >> yeah, you can do cut it into two squares or leave it this way. a little bit of flower. oh and the berries, use sugar, flower or cornstarch to thicken. and just a pinch of salt. i like a pinch of salt in things.

    >> brings out the flavor doesn't it?

    >> it's good.

    >> i don't have a spoon.

    >> here's one.

    >> stir it up.

    >> that's for the top. just these three.

    >> yeah, that's that.

    >> then use your fruit like this right here.

    >> did you put flour on this? you did?

    >> just a tiny bit.

    >> and mine is mostly blackberries. i want raspberries.

    >> you bake this at 375 degrees. turn your oven on before, you know, when you start making these so it's preheated and just fold over your pastry. it's a little sticky out here, i'm sorry. but this humidity.

    >> i know.

    >> you guys aren't talking about the weather, are we living in panama or new york? i think we're not living in new york any longer.

    >> all right. 30 seconds.

    >> what are we drinking --

    >> oh, isn't it pretty? and the table -- this is just electrical tape taped on the table and it's removable.

    >> this is so cute.

    >> that's where you can put your american flags . all of these are martha celebrations. these are our new products.

    >> happy 4th of july martha .

    >> thank you.

    >> more of today after the local news.

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