Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cherry Pie - Cassandra's Favorite!

My very favorite of pies - The combination of the sour cherries and sugar with almond extract is devine! This recipe uses less cornstarch, as I prefer a juicy pie. I still ask for cherry pie rather than cake on my birthday!

Ingredients
4 cups fresh or frozen tart cherries
1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 tablespoon almond extract (optional)
Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe (or frozen crust) for 2 crust pie
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, to dot
1 tablespoon granulated sugar, to sprinkle

Directions
Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Pour this mixture into the hot cherries and mix well. Add the almond extract, if desired, and mix. Return the mixture to the stove and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thick, add a little water, too thin, add a little more cornstarch.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Use your favorite pie dough recipe. Prepare your crust. Divide in half. Roll out each piece large enough to fit into an 8 to 9-inch pan. Pour cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter. Moisten edge of bottom crust. Place top crust on and flute the edge of the pie. Make a slit in the middle of the crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

4 comments:

  1. First of all, this is a beautifully elegant pie crust,yummmmmm! Secondly, thank you for visiting my blog, you will love the wonderful effects you can get making those eggs, I love to unwrap them and I am always delighted with the end result. Thirdly, wow, the Lords Prayer scherenschnitte on the side bar... Many years ago, around 1982, I created a pattern almost identical to that one, it was inspired by an antique fretwork pattern. I cut about 5 of them from parchment paper size was about16x20. I wonder if this could possibly be one of them?

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  2. Jeri - how interesting! It measures about 11" x 13" and has a label on the back which says "Designs with Scissors, Atlanta, GA." My sister bought it as a Christmas present for our family back in early 1990s and purchased it at a Hallmark Shop in Greenfield, Indiana.
    Cassandra ♥

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  3. Well, I guess it wasn't one of mine after all. But seeing it makes me want to cut one again, I sold all of them long long ago.

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  4. Jeri - I DO encourage you to cut more - I have had so many of my friends and family ask about mine - I could really assist you in selling more - to bless so many...

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