The family and I headed out yesterday to check out the new Busch’s Fresh Food Market in Brighton, Michigan. Busch’s is a locally owned chain, with 17 stores throughout Michigan. They just opened the Brighton location this week and have been having a gran opening celebration all week. As part of their grand opening celebration, shoppers have the chance to win free groceries for a year.
The atmosphere in the store is overwhelmingly inviting, with free samples everywhere! They even had sushi available to sample. Best samples ever! I love being able to try new things before committing, because let’s face it, everyone has different tastes.
While Busch’s has all of the typical staples, they clearly focus on fresh foods. The produce section was huge and had a nice variety, with as many items as possible being grown locally. My daughter was in love with the prickly melons. She said they reminded her of our hedgehog, Louie!
Just like the produce sections, the meat department, deli and cheese selections were massive! Their selection of meats for grilling was amazing and we decided that each of us could choose our own “main course” for dinner. My husband and I went with garlic pepper steak kebobs, my daughter choose a sirloin steak and my son decided on a hamburger.
While not relevant to the quality of the store, Busch’s did have this amazing cheese carving displayed in the cheese section. Both kids were enamored with it. It really was quite impressive and I’m happy that my son didn’t try to eat it before we finished shopping.
While we were shopping, my daughter and I picked up the ingredients for Strawberry-Banana Cheesecake Hand Pies. She loves getting involved in the kitchen and hand pies are easy enough that I could let her do a lot of the work. While I did choose to make a homemade crust, you could pick up pre-made refrigerated crust to use and that would work fine. Homemade crust is just less expensive and you have less waste.
I recommend working with small sections of dough at a time to make your crusts. We rolled ours out and used a small plate as a stencil for cutting nice, even circles. We also used a storage bag, snipping the corner, to pipe in our cream cheese filling. It’s much easier than trying to spread it on the thin crusts.
Preparing the crust is the hardest part of the entire process, even still, these only take about 40 minutes, start to finish. Clean up is pretty easy, as mist everything can be rinsed with hot water, then wiped down with dish soap quick. I had clean up finished before the hand pies came out of the oven.
Grab the recipe for Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Hand Pies below, and be sure to check out Busch’s Fresh Food Market in Brighton, Michigan. Don’t forget about that free grocery giveaway too!
- 2-1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Butter (cut into small cubes & very cold)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Ice Water (roughly 4-8 Tablespoons)
- 2 blocks Cream Cheese
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Sliced Strawberries
- 1/2 Cup Sliced Banana
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
- Using a pastry cutter or sturdy fork, cut the butter into the flour.
- Once butter and flour mixture has small pea sized ball texture, slowly add water 1-2 Tablespoons at a time, until the mixture forms a cohesive dough. Mixing is best done with a spatula to keep the mixture as cold as possible.
- Once the dough has formed a ball, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To make the cheesecake flavored filling, mix together the cream cheese, vanilla and 1/2 Cup sugar using a stand or hand mixer.
- Transfer the mixture into a piping bag or a freezer bag, pushing the mixture down into the corner.
- Set aside.
- Lightly flour your countertop or work surface.
- Using small sections of dough, roll out your crusts to desired size. You can use a small dessert plate as a template to trim edges and achieve uniform crusts.
- Repeat until you've used all of the dough.
- Just to the side of center, pipe the cream cheese mixture into each crust. Leave 1/4 inch on each side to allow room to close the pies.
- On top of the cream cheese mixture, arrange a layer of strawberry and banana slices.
- Lightly moisten the edge of each crust with water.
- Fold the crust in half, forming a semi circle, and seal the crust edges using a fork.
- Transfer to a baking sheet.
- Optional: Lightly moisten the top of each hand pie with milk, then sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.