|Not My Mama’s Cherry Pie
“If life is a bowl of cherries, then
what am I doing in the pits?”
Birthday. A long, long time ago when I walked miles to school we celebrated George’s
birthday on his real birthday. I don’t think President’s Day was invented yet. And
when I walked those miles home all by myself, or with my brother, and no one
worried about stranger danger, we were greeted with cherry pie. In honor of
George, of course. Because he chopped down that cherry tree; because he could
not tell a lie. Which is just a myth, don’t you know?
George, my mother would buy a frozen pie and sprinkle the top with sugar before
she put it in the oven and we had cherry pie for dessert. I don’t remember
having many desserts, at least at the kitchen table, so this was very special.
It was delicious; even if it was frozen. I think it is still my father’s
favorite pie. So today when I give thanks to the founding father of our
country, I also give thanks for cherry pie.
|Yes, I make these. I couldn’t help my self promotion.|
our home there was a cherry tree in the back yard. It has long since passed to wherever
cherry trees go when they can no longer show us their delicate pink blossoms. I
though it was a good sign we had a cherry tree and I wish we would plant a new
one. For many years we were blessed with cherries which meant pies and a really
good cherry cobbler. Since its demise I have had to find fresh, sour, pitted
cherries at the farmers market to bring home and freeze. The last few months
have found me subscribing to frugality which means my freezer is quickly being
cleaned out. It was during this discovery process I found enough cherries to
bake one more pie. Thank you George!
tell you that our Skye Terrier is named George. The breeder we bought from
gave him his name. She also told me she named his sister Martha!)
discovered the cherries, I also discovered that I was out of butter which meant
I couldn’t make a pie crust. So necessity being the mother of invention (was
that Ben Franklin?) I decided to do a Momofuku. Go look up his cookbook. David
Chang. I love his stuff. He is the one that makes awesome Japanese food and has a bakery where he makes cookies and then crumbles
them all up to make crack pie. It’s good. I made it once. So, you guessed it.
My freezer had cookies, too. These were not my faves which is probably how they
ended up in the freezer. Not that they weren’t good cookies but I tend to like soft,
chewy cookies and these are chewy, but crisp. Luckily, I had a refrigerator pie
crust leftover from God knows when, and I decided to use that as my bottom
crust and crush up my leftover cookies for a really good crumbly top crust. A
bit of a streusel, you say.
must go to the trouble and make the cookies for the crust I say, fear not. Use whatever
crust you want for this pie. The refrigerated Pillsbury ones that come rolled
up in the refrigerator aisle will suffice. And I say that crust is good, but in
this case it is the filling that counts! Those cute little tart cherries with a
hint of cinnamon are killer. But if you do decide to bake the cookies they will
be an added bonus because then you can eat cookies AND pie. Yes, the cookie
recipe makes enough for you to have leftovers. I mean leftover cookies, it doesn’t get much better than that. So once
again-thank you George!
You may be able to find frozen sour cherries in the freezer case, in which case
use them. You can also buy sour cherries in a can. I, repeat after me, do not
like cherry pie filling. Make your own. It is SIMPLE!
favorite. Make a graham cracker crust. It’s the cherries that count. But I do
love a good crust so we will revisit crust at a later date!
the sugar, flour, cornstarch and cinnamon. Toss well and place in your choice
of bottom crust. Dot with the 2 T butter.
get too brown (like mine did) cover with foil. You can later sprinkle with
powdered sugar to hide that unsightly too brown streusel!
– (Gourmet Today) Makes about 6 dozen (Don’t worry. Your pie will not taste like
stirring once, until pale golden, about 7 minutes. Cool.
pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour
mixture and coconut and chips (if using) until well combined.
paper line cookie sheet. Bake in batches until golden, about 8-10 minutes. Cool
on sheet for one minute.
leftover 15 frozen cookies in a plastic bag and pound them until crumbly.
pastry blender cut butter into cookie crumbs and flour. Stir in cinnamon and
sugar. Sprinkle streusel over unbaked pie.
|Sprinkle with powdered sugar if crust turns too gold!|