Sunday, November 27, 2005

Flavor of Cherry Pie

This is a favorite Cherry Pie Recipe. The previous post has the recipe for my favorite pie crust.
I adapted this filling recipe from Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking.

Make pastry.
The filling ingredients are as follows:
2 cans of sour red cherries (water packed)
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch
3 to 4 drops almond extract
1 tablespoon butter
3 to 4 drops red food coloring
Drain juice from cherries: there should be about 3/4 cup of juice. Blend sugar, salt and cornstarch in saucepan. Stir in juice gradually until smooth. Place over heat and cook and stir until clear and very thick. Remove from heat, stir in extract, butter and coloring, then the cherries. Set in pan of cold water to cool. Roll out pastry and line a 9" pie pan. Turn cooked cherries into lined pan, spreading level. Top with other half of rolled pastry. Crimp edges and put a few fork or knife holes in top pastry to vent. I like to make mine into a design. It also makes a nice crust if you brush the top with milk or cream and sprinkle with a bit of of sugar, but this is optional. Bake about 30 minutes in a 425 degree preheated oven or until golden brown. Juice should bubble up through the cuts in the crust. Remove from oven and cool on a rack for 2-3 hours before cutting. Ovens are different and yours may be different than mine. If the edges of the crust seem to be getting brown and the rest of the crust is not--cover the edges with aluminum foil to keep it from getting too dark. We had this pie for Thanksgiving this year instead of the traditional pumpkin. It is a standard at our house. If you try it I hope you like it. The crust is for you Tattum and the cherries for you Fanny.
Happy Baking,


Blogger Fanny said...

This looks so yummy, i wish i could have a bite. I love love cherries.

02 December, 2005 04:11  
Blogger Michele said...

Nice to meet another AZ foodie :) Will add you to my blog roll, love your pics they are making me hungry!

04 December, 2005 17:46  
Blogger Paz said...

Oh! Yum, yum, yum! Looks and sounds DELICIOUS! Thanks for this recipe. Lovely photos.


04 December, 2005 22:55  

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