Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Cherry-Berry Pie

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.)

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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. ;)

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Enjoy!

27 comments:

Lisa said...

Mmmmn! That is one good looking pie. Yes, I am stuffed too from 2 days of eating.

jillbert said...

Looks wonderful! I've never tried canned tart cherries either, but I think I'd like them. Cherry pie filling is so sweet and gooey (although I've never turned it down!)

Chocolaty Lifestyle said...

What a tempting slice of pie! I love cherries, this one must be really great!

Fallon said...

I'm with you, I love apple pie!!! But cherry pie was always a second favorite ;) This looks delicious.

Megan said...

Cherry+Berry=YUM! This sounds like a wonderful pie. Love the raspberryies in the mix!

Megan said...

Lattice crusts scare me - so I totally support your idea of just doing a little cut-out on top.

That said, the pie looks outstanding - and I'll bet Kevin won't mind you switching over to "real fruit" now!

Anna said...

Thanks for trying it, K! Did you use my crust recipe or a different one? I'm really proud of that crust. I think I've finally found one I'll stick with.

Mimi said...

My son is a cherry pie fanatic. I think this pie would offer some bargaining power, you put up the Christmas lights, I'll bake the cherry pie.
Mimi

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I love your cherry cutout! I just made a cherry apple pie, and still can't get enough of cherries. So this might just be next!

Velva said...

Your berry pie looks absolutely wonderful. Berry pies are my favorite. Thanks for sharing,

Donna-FFW said...

Oh my .. that last photo, I just want to reach out and grab. Delicious, fabulous choice!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The pie looks delicious! Love the cherries on top! Glad to hear you won't be using canned filling anymore!

Lisa said...

I must make this pie..I must make this pie..I must make this pie! Katrina, that is one of the most beautiful cherry pies I have ever seen..and it sounds wonderfully delicious! Thank you for posting the link to the recipe! Another pie to add to my repertoire :)

basicallybaked said...

The pie looks GREAT! I made a similar pie last spring or summer and I agree the flavor is out of this world. The next time I make it I'm going to make this recipe. The ratio of liquids to thickener is better with this recipe.

Lisa said...

Thank you so much fr letting me know that, Katrina. I never think of pate brisee or sucree as a basic pie dough because of all that pure butter..lol In my basic doughs, i cut in shortening with the butter for tenderness along with the flakiness :) I haven't had a good cherrry pie in ages..I'm so excited to try this one, along with like a thousand other things I have to bake..lol

Snooky doodle said...

cute pie and looks delicious!

Melissa said...

I've never made cherry pie, but this sounds really delicious! Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Leslie said...

This sounds much better than you standard cherry pie!
I finally had to throw my pies out today..I kept eating the damn things!

burpandslurp said...

Food coma alert! And yet I still wouldn't mind digging into this scrumptious pie! Ah, you make it so difficult to snap out of the food coma!

Sweet and Savory said...

The combination of the two berries must make this a richer dessert. What a taste treat.

I love your little cherries on the crust. It looks great to me.

Art and Appetite said...

Katrina, your cherry pie looks great! I love how it holds it shape--mines usually falls apart.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

Maria said...

I love fruit pies and berry is the best!

Leslie said...

Great pie! I also make WAAAYYY too many desserts (this year I made six pies and crumble for 13 people). Trader Joe's sells Morello cherries in jars, and Cook's Illustrated recommends them (plus the CI cherry pie recipe is to die for). I'm so glad you made this one yourself and loved it enough to back away from the canned filling!

Cate O'Malley said...

You're crazy, that pie looks gorgeous! Love the little cherry cut-out on top.

LilSis said...

I saw this recipe on Anna's site also and I think yours turned out great! I've been wanting to make this pie. It looks SO good!

Amanda said...

Looks wonderful Katrina! I'd end up eating the whole thing though, picky family doesn't like cherry pie (boo-wahhh)

Emily said...

This pie looks wonderful!