The day before yesterday Charlotte, Chris, and I were watching some pie bake off on TV (our lives are thrilling) and I thought, oh, this is easy as …pie.
Can you believe I have never made a pie before? We even had to buy a pie plate. That’s pathetic.
I figured nothing to it but stirring and pouring, right?
Well, notsomuch. But it was fun.
First, decide what kind of pie you want. We chose cherry because we don’t eat them that often. And they are pretty.
This is the recipe we used:
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans pitted tart cherries, drained and reserving 1/2 cup juice
- 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice.
- Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.
- Combine cherry juice, food coloring, almond extract and lemon juice.
- Add to dry ingredients, mixing well.
- Add cherries and mix well again.
- Add butter and let stand for 15 minutes.
- Pour cherry mixture into pie crust and finish top with lattice work pie crust.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
1) Find cute kid to pour, stir, and taste test her fingers every 3 seconds.
2) We used premade crust so while Charlotte was mixing up all the ingredients, I was reading the directions on the crust. It said to microwave it for 10-20 seconds. That’s a LIE.
5 seconds is fine.
My 15 seconds on the first one pretty much melted it and put a ton of holes into the crust bottom. We had to patch it all over the place. It was enough to make your grandmother cry.
3) Pour all the yummy stuff into the crust.
4) Unroll another crust and add to the top. Only microwave for FIVE seconds.
Apparently you’re supposed to do some tuck thing with the top and bottom but that didn’t work out for us. We are pie amateurs. I just mooshed it together till it looked like it was good enough.
5) Put in oven.
6) Check on pie. Realize you overfilled it. I had no idea you could overfill it.
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
7) Take pie out and realize that pie looks like angry Asian person.
8) ENJOY PIE!!!!!!!!!
The pie was yummy. We topped it with whipped cream. I would have shown you a picture of that but the plates disappeared before I got my lens focused.
Next recipe we attempt will be homemade pretzels.