Hope all you American readers of my blog had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Are you all feeling the effects of two-plus days of eating and eating? I actually did okay not eating too much dinner, but that was more so I had enough room and “available” calories left for the four desserts I made for seven people! Besides making the traditional pumpkin pie, I also made a chocolate ganache tart, a chocolate bundt cake and the thing I was most excited about, this Thanksgiving Cherry-Berry Pie that Anna at Cookie Madness made. I was excited to make a pie from “scratch” because I have always made or eaten cherry pie made from canned cherry pie filling. But Anna’s pie seemed simple enough and looked great. (Check hers out after you finish reading my post. Hers looks much better than mine. You see, my camera is not working correctly right now, so I’ve been forced to take pictures with a different camera that just don’t look good no matter what I do.)
This pie has canned tart cherries (which I never even knew were available) and uses frozen (thawed) raspberries. After making the filling with some of the juice from the cherries and the thawed raspberries, a little cornstarch and some sugar, the cherries and berries are stirred in and put in a prepared pie crust. I used a basic pastry dough recipe that I have come to love given to us at the classes I’ve been taking by Chef Paige. Anna made her pie with a great looking lattice top. I kind of stink at doing lattice top crusts, so I just went with my “signature” full crust top with a little cut out of some cherries. When I make apple pie, I do a little cut out of an apple, etc.
I think this pie is delicious! I may never make a cherry pie again with canned cherry pie filling. Kevin is still kind of on the fence about which he likes better, but he may never get to taste the canned stuff again, so hehehee. If you like cherry pie, try this one of Anna’s. I followed her recipe exactly. After thawing the raspberries, I did not have enough juice for 1/2 cup, so I just rinsed the berries a little so the liquid went into a bowl until I had half a cup of juice . Worked great! Normally, apple pie is the holiday pie I can’t stay away from, that’s why I purposely didn’t make an apple pie. Now it’s this cherry-berry pie! Gee, thanks, Anna. ;)