Monday, November 1, 2010

Best. Cherry. Pie. Ever!

Leaky, but luscious, Cherry Pie

First off, this is a VERY belated blog post. I made this cherry pie way back in mid July at the peak of the summer fruit season. Hot days and balmy nights. The whole summer thing. I've just been so busy since then, that today, over 3 months later, is the first chance I got to compose this post.

I've made cherry pies before, but only from canned tart cherries. This is the first time I have ever made a cherry pie from fresh cherries. This time I had enough fresh fruit available and a very handy cherry pitter to make the best cherry pie I have ever tasted. Ever.

This is the first year that I could use fresh sour cherries from my young Montmorency Cherry tree. (I call her Mary Montmorency.) She gave me just over one cup of fresh tart cherries.

(Mary) Montmorency Tart Cherry Harvest 2010

Well, one cup of cherries is not enough to make a whole pie, so I also used a combination of Bing Cherries and Van Cherries from my sweet dual graft cherry tree. Usually I just eat these nice sweet cherries out of hand for snacking, but this year my dual graft tree produced enough for snacking and some baking projects. I had a bit over 3 cups of fresh cherries, tart and sweet ones combined, for my pie.

Combination of Montmorency, Bing & Van Cherries for pie

For some reason my pie crust turned out especially flaky (not sure what I did right to make it that way), and the combination of cherries made this pie taste wonderful. I can only hope to bake another one just as good as this one with next summer's cherry harvest. If not, well, I have my cherry pie memories to savor.

Tart/Sweet Fruit Filling, Flaky Crust

Looks good enough to eat!

Till next summer's cherry harvest these photo memories will have to do!

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CaliforniaGrammy said...

Dang! That just looks scrumptious! How fortunate for you to have access to such a nice variety of cherries.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh myyyyy...cherry pie is my favorite of all the fruit pies!
That looks incredibly delicious, Jen. Well done! :-)
(but I am kinda laughing that you made this delectable dessert in July and are only now - on November 1st - getting around to posting about it.

Farmer Jen said...

Hi CA Grammy,
Thanks for the pie compliment. It was a good pie, and yes I was blessed this year with a good cherry harvest.

Hi Danni,
Cherry pie is my favorite fruit pie too. Thanks for your praise. I would have liked to have seen (and tasted) your raspberry pies this summer. And yes, go ahead and laugh at me being so late in posting this. This pie post (and many others) has been rattling around in my brain for a couple of months now. I design the posts in my head and then have to force myself to actually sit down and write them out on the computer. I need a wireless connection directly from my brain to the internet. Oh wait...that might be a little bit dangerous..Ha! Yes. Yes it would be.

Hardware Bob said...

Great photos, I remember it well, a beautiful mouth watering fruit pie, full of yummy home grown cherries and what a delicious buttery and flaky crust.

Then I also remember partaking in only one tiny, very lonely piece, the rest of the pie, well it must have gone somewhere else. ♥♥

Farmgirl_dk: said...

...At least *you* got a piece, Hardware Bob. Just sayin'....

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Mmmmm! Looks sublime! I am picky about cherry pies and most that I've tried just aren't up to snuff. Cherry pies can be tricky getting everything right, down to taste and textures. Sounds like your pie was magical! It sure looks good! Leaky gives a hint of the goodness inside :)

Sorry for the late visit. I've been so busy too and just can't seem to keep up with blogging visits.