Friday, April 24, 2015

cherry hand pies

pies have been a big part of shaun's college years. as i'm sure i've mentioned, while they are not my first choice in desserts shaun loves them so we have celebrated the first day of each school quarter with a pie. it was very fitting that we had pies at his graduation party and i worked to improve my recipes for his favorite, cherry! 

i'm happy to report they were a big hit! i even won over some non-pie lovers like myself. here are the recipes:

crust recipe:
(adapted just slightly from camille styles)
-2 cups flour
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
-1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

blend flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. add butter and pulse until mixture resembles course sand. add 1/4 cup of ice water and pulse again until mixture comes together as dough. add rest of water if necessary and pulse again. separate dough into 2 equal portions and refrigerate at least 1 hour before using.

filling recipe:
-6 cups thawed frozen black cherries (cut into halves or quarters)
-1 cup of sugar
-5 tablespoons of cornstarch
-juice from a large lemon
-1 cup of black cherry juice, divided

mix 1/2 cup black cherry juice with cornstarch and set aside. mix cherries with sugar, 1/2 cup cherry juice and lemon juice. cook cherries until bubbling, stirring constantly. add juice & cornstarch mixture, be careful it will bubble. cook until desired thickness is reached, about 1 to 3 minutes more. cool at room temperature and use with crust.

i prefer making hand pies but i also tried making those cute little mason jar lid pies that are all over pinterest for the party and they were so cute & fun. and if you just want a regular old pie, this filling recipe would probably be enough for 2 9" pies.


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