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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall=Pie Baking Time!!

Last Sunday was a beautiful fall day here in Michigan. My daughter and I decided to spend the afternoon baking pie. We started with a tart cherry pie. My daughter thought it would be fun to paint on the crust with food coloring. I think it turned out really nice. It was delicious. The recipe follows at the end of the pictures. Next we decided on a fresh peach pie. I was at the farmers market to get ready for Judy's Farmers Market Challenge http://squirrelqueen2.blogspot.com/2009/09/september-farmers-market-challenge.html#comments this weekend and I picked up some fresh peaches there. We made a fresh raspberry sauce to go on it. My daughter did the crust and again I think she made it look pretty.

Cherry Pie:
2 (16-ounce) cans tart cherries
1 cup sugar, divided use
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Pie crust for double
Line a pie plate with 1/2 crust rolled out or use already made pie crust.

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Drain cherries, reserving 3/4 cup of liquid; set cherries aside.
In a saucepan combine reserved cherry juice, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Add remaining 3/4 cup sugar and cook until glossy.
Remove from heat and stir in butter, lemon juice and almond extract. Gently fold in
cherries; allow to cool.
Spoon mixture into unbaked pie crust. Cut remaining pie crust into strips and form a lattice on top of pie. Seal and flute edges; cover edges with aluminum foil. Brush lattice
top with milk and sprinkle with sugar. You can also just leave a full top as above and decorate it.
Bake 15 minutes, reduce temperature to 350°F. Remove aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes or until golden brown and cherries are nice and bubbly. Cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy with ice cream or just by itself
Peach Pie:
7 cups peaches, peeled, cored and sliced( I mixed white peaches and nectarines with regular peaches for variety)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 large egg, beaten
Crust for a double pie
Line pie plate with 1/2 rolled out crust.

Mix peaches, brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt together until well combined. Pour into pie shell and dot with butter.
Make a lattice top or full crust whichever you prefer. Brush with beaten egg and if you use the full crust be sure to make some slits in center for venting.
Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until crust is golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before.
Have a nice week everyone and bake some pie!! Anne


Kris said...

Gorgeous Pies!! The one with food coloring turned out so pretty!

Transparent Mama said...

Your daughter had a great idea. How fun to paint the crust.

Valerie Wangnet said...

Looks wonderful, thanks for sharing the recipe. Cooking's the best bonding time between mother and daughter :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Anne, those look delicious, thanks for the recipes. Your daughter is so creative, both crust are beautiful.

SquirrelQueen said...

I got so excited about the pies I forgot to say thanks for the shout on the Farmers' Market Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Those pies are so beatiful, I won't want to get them lol. My sister told me about a free cherry recipe book from Traverse Bay Farms. I have been cooking from it for the past two months and the reicpes are great. It has recipes for fresh cherries, cherry juice and more.

Cat said...

What a great Blog!! I am glad I found you through the 'ear- resistable contest. I am a big pie lover and fate had it that I stopped by today!

Honeygo Beasley said...

I wish I could bake. I just found out that Rachel Ray doesn't bake - so I don't feel so bad - but you're making me want to change!

Life'sLittleJoke25 said...

im not a great cook but when i do it i put my heart in to it! im not real big on pie but i do love cake!

Lucy postpartumillness.com said...

Wow what a great decorating job. You are making me want to bake some goodies.


Lille Diane said...

I love to bake, too! The pies are stunning, and look like they came out of a food magazine. Did she use a paint brush or toothpicks to paint the pies with? I'll have to try your recipes. I love peach anything. Raspberries do it for me, too. Oh baby!! mmmmmmmmmmn~