Thursday, March 4, 2010

Friday is Pieday!

Welcome back friends, I am so very happy to see my pie's are being tried by you wonderful brave bloggers. Ana from Ana's Chronicles featured my recipes on her tasty food blog. My friend Annette from her  So Many Memories blog posted photos of the wonderful looking Pineapple Pie she baked. Also I was happy to see Audrey from Audreys Country Crafts  had also mentioned me and my recipes in her blog this week. Also Sam, with a brand new blog, Sam's Paint Brush, was kind enough to mention my Etsy shop so I'm sending a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your kind words.
This week we are going to baked a classic Cherry pie. Did you know the Oregon Cherry Growers Ass. are the largest growers/producers of sweet cherries in the world! Cherries are very high in melatonin, antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. Tart cherries reduce urate levels and help to relieve muscle and back pain. They have high levels of anthocyanins, which reduce inflammation. See you are so much smarter now. Who knew pie could be so healthy!
Cherry pie is a great pie for beginners because there are just a few ingredients. For this pie you will need:
1. ( 2 ) 14.5 oz. cans of water packed  cherries-well drained (not the gloppy pie filling stuff)
2.  1    16oz bag frozen dark cherries-thawed slightly   (when in season use 4 cups pitted fresh cherries)
3. 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
4. 1/4 cup cornstarch (cornflour for my UK friends)
5. 1/4 tsp almond extract (real thing please..fake flavors taste fake)
6. 2 TBL butter
7. Prepare your crust according to my pie crust recipe on right side bar >>>>>>>>>>>>
8. Line pie pan with bottom crust..leave edges untucked

Mix your cherries/sugar/cornstarch and almond extract.
Roll out the second half of your dough and with a sharp knife or pizza cuter, cut strips about 3/4 in.

When laying out your lattice use the longest strips in the center and the shorter ones towards the sides

Dot the pie with butter. Lay 5-7 strips across your filling..fold back every other and add cross strips as shown. If you are not a perfectionist you can always just lay one layer down and lay the second right over those without weaving. The look will be almost identical and believe me..it will taste the same. Don't stress out over the weaving part. Once it's covered in vanilla ice cream, no one will see the top crust anyway ;-) Once all your strips are placed, go around the edge crimping under as you go. Now do our 'poke and crimp' like in the movie Legally Blonde...'Poke..and ..Crimp'. Did you guys get that joke?


Ok, enough dancing...back to the pie. After 'Poking & Crimping' the edge, this is what your pie will look like..pretty isn't she? Now just like the other pies, we need to brush the top crust with a beaten egg white and sprinkle some sugar over it to make it sparkle.

I wanted to show you the metal pie crust rings I use religiously. So much easier than the crimped foil I used to use before I discovered these. Again..if your pie is browning too quickly, lay a piece of foil loosely over the top. Pay no attention to the pan of pie crust cookies...I'm not sharing!

After baking in a 425 degree oven for about 40-50 minutes and bubbly, this is what you will have. I would recommend placing a sheet of foil on your oven floor to catch any juices..with cherry pie, there is always an overflow of bubbly juice. That is the sign of a great homestyle fruit pie.

I love the two tone coloring of the light and dark cherries and all that fabulous sweet juice with a hint of almond to enhance the flavor. Can I cut into it yet!!!!!!


I personally like my cherry pie to be juicy and not too firm. If you prefer a firmer filling, add more cornstarch. The extra juice is lovely on the vanilla ice cream that you will be serving with the pie...you are serving vanilla ice cream...aren't you????? 
Just look at those plump cherries, that sweet juice and the flaky tender crust.....hungry yet?

You'll have to excuse me now..I hear a piece of pie calling my name. I hope you give this pie a go, I know you will love it. See you next Friday for another scrumptious pie.
Until next time..be kind and stay creative.

26 comments:

Heather said...

Thanks for making my stomach growl, ONCE AGAIN!
As I skimmed your post at the beginning (yes, I did go back and read through fully) I thought we were going to discuss how large our asses were getting from making all these pies along with you. (Oregon Cherry Growers ASS)
Ah well...this pie looks amazing.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

This is another Sure Fire Hit ! I'd have to play my Twin Peaks cd though , while eating it .

Samantha said...

Hey Janet...
Cruel and unusual punishment seeing as it's almost 7pm on Idol elimination night and not enough time to make that lovely pie!!!Well...there's always tomorrow!
Thanks for mentioning me in your blog!

Kelly Ann said...

Quality Pie...the sweetness came from the two different cherries, the crust had the perfect crunch on the top...this was a quote from the pie taster...and then the question " are you sure she's not a professional baker?"

Kelly Ann said...

pie taster said after last piece tonight..."hmmmm I love pie"...

Anonymous said...

That pie looks amazing! You are making this pregnant lady too hungry! I will have to give it a whirl-that cherry pie of yours!! :)

-- Jackie "Magillie"

Annette said...

Hmmmm.....kids are coming to spend the weekend, might have to try this one too....

Katherine Thomas said...

You're amazing. I love the beauty of the pictures, and the story. You make cooking sound fun! (Its not usually fun when I do it)
I laughed out loud at the bend-and-snap reference. My daughter and I bend-and-snap every once in awhile, on a whim. (yeah, I don't know why either)
Great post!

janet said...

Dear Katherine....the key to keeping it fun is not to take it too seriously! It's only food, just enjoy the experience ;-)

~Shelley~ said...

That looks amazing! Cherry pie is my all-time fave!!

Visiting from Friday Follow! I'm your newest follower! Love for you to come visit me :)

Have a great weekend!
~Shelley @ Shelley's Swag

JoeyRes said...

Cherry is my favorite! I haven't baked a pie in about 8 months. I should get back on the wagon!

w said...

i love pie day! also. i had to read your "oregon cherry growers ass" sentence over and over until i realized it was association. whew.

Anne J said...

This looks great. I've never actually tried to make a lattice top on a pie, but you make it looks easy. Coming over for Friday Follow,
http://lunaj1456.blogspot.com

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

This looks simply amazing! Stopped by from Friday Follow - so glad I found you! Now following so I don't miss anything!
Susan
www.BlackberryJamCafe.blogspot.com

janet said...

Welcome to all you new Pie Lovers ;-) Pull up a chair and grab a fork!

TamsJewelry said...

That pie looks sooooo good. Nice to meet you.Happy Friday follow!

Kimberly said...

I am participating in Follow Friday too! your pie looks yummy!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

How did you know cherry is my fave?!?

Question: the last time I tried to make cherry pie, the filling came out kind of gray pink, not the nice cherry red. What do you think I did wrong? I used frozen cherries - do you think that was it?

Blissitydoodah said...

Pie on friday! What a great idea! Or thursday for that matter...
we have cherry trees and a full freezer...I just said I've got to get them out and use them..thanks for the push!

Erin said...

When my husband and I were first married he jokingly said "Woman get in the kitchen and bake me a pie" He didn't get another pie for four years! I finally gave in because I wanted one! Anyway. Happy Friday Follow. Hope you will follow me back at
http://www.erinamundsen.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend.

Ana Popov said...

This pie looks over the top! I want some... you made me hungry!

Just Playin' said...

I wish someone would make this pie for me. Cherry is my fava and I don't bake!!! So glad I found you because...hold on...I am also an empty nest artist wanna be. Really! It is my heart's desire. Maybe we can inspire each other!

joeandbridge said...

Good Morning! Happy Friday Follow! (on Saturday-lol) I am your newest follower. Come visit me :) and have a great weekend! Shoot me an email if you'd like me to subscribe, twitter or facebook.

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins
http://www.groschengoblins.com

Tweed Delights said...

That's a work of art Janet! Your creativity knows no bounds! :D

Fifi Flowers said...

I'm not a pie fan... but THAT pie looks DELICIOUS!!!

The LadyBugs Garden said...

Just showed Zachary the bend and snap YouTube..we laughed out loud!!