I Love Pies!
And Cherry is one of my all time favorites!
Put a dollop of homemade whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream and I'm one happy mama!
Cheery Cherry Pie
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 Tbsp. quick cooking tapioca
5 cups fresh or frozen pitted red cherries
In a large bowl stir together the sugar, tapioca and cherries. Let mixture stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes or so. (this marinates the cherries with the sugar)
Meanwhile, make your pie crusts
You will need:
2 cups flour (I use half white, half wheat flour)
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
10-12 Tbsp. cold water
In a bowl, stir together flour and salt. Using your pastry blender or 2 knives cut in your shortening until pieces are pea-sized. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the water over part of the flour mixture, gently toss with a fork. Repeat with water until all the flour mixture is moistened. Divide dough in half and form into a ball.
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to flatten out the dough. Roll out dough into a circle and put into bottom of a 9 inch pie plate. Set aside.
Take your Cherry mixture and give it a good stir and then pour into your prepared pie plate. Add a tsp. of butter to the top of your cherry pie filling. Roll out your remaining pie dough and cover your cherry pie filling. Crimp edges with your fingers to make a good seal. Cut slits into the top of your pie. Brush the top of your pie with milk and sprinkle with additional sugar.
Place pie onto a baking sheet.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 1 hour. If you notice that your crust is browning a little too quickly you can add foil around the edges of your pie.
Your pie is baked when it looks golden brown on the top.
This is a very easy recipe for first time pie makers!
My grandma always made sure her pies were tossed with a bit of love and wisdom!
I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!
Since my youth, O God, you have taught me and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.