My mom’s birthday is July 4th but I wasn’t home to celebrate with her. Here’s a picture of a pie for you mom? I baked this pie to enter into Craftster’s cooking challenge for fun. I have too much fruit that Brian won’t eat including cherries, lychee and watermelon. He also bought grapes and we got more strawberries from out weekly CSA share.
Pretty right? I accidentally added too much salt to the crust but it’s okay because the filling is sweet. Here’s the recipe.
Fourth of July Cherry Pie
1.5 – 2 lbs sweet cherries, pitted
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
~2 Tbsp corn starch
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
8 oz (1 stick) butter, cut into cubes and chilled
~5 Tbsp ice water
1 egg, yolk separated
1. Using a food processor (I used my fingertips because I don’t have a food processor), pulse the cold butter pieces with the flour, salt and sugar until it looks like soft bread crumbs.
2. Add the water 1 Tbsp at a time until the mixture sticks together when squeezed.
3. Form into a ball and use immediately or wrap and refrigerate. If using immediately, roll out into pie dish or press into tart pan. Brush crust with egg white and refrigerate until needed. Save about a handful of dough for decoration.
4. Mix all filling ingredients together in a medium pot. Heat on medium-high heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and place into crust.
5. Using saved dough, roll out and cut stripes and stars. Place onto pie. Mix the remaining egg white with the egg yolk and brush onto dough. Sprinkle top of pie with sugar.
6. Bake at 375 F until top is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 30-45 minutes.
Week 7 of our CSA share, only 2 left! Thinking of not renewing because I’ll be leaving in a few weeks and Brian won’t be able to eat all the food by himself. That and he won’t be able to and won’t have time to cook everything.
Here’s what we got this week:
red norland potatoes – traded fennel for this in the trade box
cherry and heirloom tomatoes – oooh heirloom tomatoes!
cabbage – need cabbage recipes! i have 2 heads now.. maybe dumplings?
red leaf lettuce
We have about 700 photos of camping to go through so I can’t say when they’ll be posted. I’ll try my best to screen some and put those up on facebook.