Thursday, January 13, 2011

Life, With Pits & All

Good morning, Kitschies!  No, I didn't forget about y'all yesterday - it was just SUPER busy at work.  I am in the process of working on our new EMR program and it's a tad overwhelming.  I can usually work on things here at the clinic for hours at a time, but this?  I can only work on it for about an hour before my brain just stops working.  Like, I can't think of the next step even though I've done it over and over again.  *sigh*  At least I'm off tomorrow.  Don't you just love 3-day weekends?

OK.  So.  I've had this recipe in my pending file for a while (was it before Thanksgiving?!).  One weekend I told my hubs I wanted to make a pie and he immediately said "Cherry!".  I went browsing through my Allrecipes recipe box and found a tried and true recipe for his beloved cherry pie.

Cherry Pie
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup cold water
1 pinch salt

2 pounds sour cherries, pitted
1 1/8 cups white sugar
3 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 tsp almond extract

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the shortening until pea sized. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough in half and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Roll one ball out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate. Roll out top crust and set aside. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) In a saucepan, combine cherries, sugar and cornstarch. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the juices thicken and become translucent. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and almond extract. Mix thoroughly and pour into pie shell. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

NOTES:  I didn't use the crust recipe given here; I used pre-made refrigerated dough and rolled it out to fit the 9-inch pie plate.  I didn't want to mess with the lattice top, so I borrowed Nate's PlayDoh cutter and cut out a bunch of cute little snowflakes for the top.

Separating out the juice from the cherries would've been easier if it wasn't the consistency of jelly.

I was afraid the "sauce" wouldn't thicken because it seemed pretty thin once I removed it from the stove.  But once it sat in the fridge for a bit, it firmed up perfectly!

It's been too long since I prepped a pie shell.  I cut the edge of the crust too short and didn't leave any to tuck under.  I ended up with crispy edges as a result (and that's even *with* a pie hat).
Aren't those little snowflakes cute?!  I should've made more and overlapped them a bit, but it wasn't bad for my first try at something decorative like this.
See?  Crispy edges.  *sad Megan*  Well, you can't win them all!  LOL  Yep.  I really should've made more snowflakes.

Today is my Friday here at work...and I definitely need the break!!  4 straight days of stress headache is wearing me down.  I may be back with a post tonight, or it might wait til tomorrow.  Or the weekend.  Either way, I'll be back.  Oh, and I'm going to announce a little giveaway some time in the next week, so keep your eyes open!


Debra said...

Cute I love the snowflakes! It makes me want to try it!

Danielle said...

aww this is so cute, looks yummy too! i love how you used your kid's PlayDoh cutter :)

Kimberly said...

How clever to use a PlayDoh cutout! I'm thinking of dinosaurs for a birthday pie. Hmmmm...

I hope that headache is gone by the time you get home tonight. :)

Stray Stitches said...

Your pie looks delicious! Maybe next time a little foil around the edges to keep the crust from 'browning' quite so much.

Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes said...

I love the "play-doh" cutouts. My grams used to make me a cherry pie every time I favorite. And now whenever I go visit my mom she makes me one. Thanks for reminding me of some awesome memories of my family. I'm so envious of your 3 day weekend.

Emmy said...

Those snowflakes are beyond cute!!
The pie looks good.. though I am not a huge cherry person, but it does look good

Copyboy said...

She's my cherry pie. Sorry! C'mon! You know I like hair bands.

Silence is Loud said...

this pie looks yummy~~~!!! and cute snow flakes too!!
Nice to meet you!!

KarenD said...

The snowflakes are adorable. :)

shortmama said...

mmmm pie

Myya said...

Yay I'm finally caught up on you're posts :) Hope you have had a great 3-day weekend.

necessary★nails said...

Looks delicious and love the extra snowflakes. :)

I also tagged you with the Stylish Blog Award! :)

- Katherine