Monday, July 15, 2013

All-American Pie :: Cherry

The Bing Cherries
are now in season.

Ever notice
how once you start
popping these in your mouth
it's nearly impossible to stop?

The path to perfection
 starts at the tree 
and goes
directly in your mouth.

The only proper way
to eat a cherry
in my opinion.

But you know what they say...
everybody's got one.
So when I asked my guy once
if he had to choose his 
last meal...
what would it be?
I wasn't surprised by the grilled steak
mashed potatoes and gravy
(I don't think a salad made the list)
my shock came when he announced dessert...

Cherry Pie.

(insert a screeching tire sound effect here)

Of course he meant apple
a) I never made him a cherry pie
b) apple is my favorite
I guess I assumed the whole family
was in agreement on this...and
c) cherry glob pie ranks somewhere
at the bottom
of my list.

Then again...
I don't know if I ever
ate a real cherry pie.
You know...
from scratch.

With cherry season upon us
I consulted 

Soon followed by a call home
to mom
asking the vital question...
how do you hull a cherry?

Mom was sure there were
gadgets available
at the nearest hardware store...
which will always be
True Value to me...
even though it is now
Do It Best.

As our conversation grew
mom also suggested
using the end of a small spoon...
by any chance
did I still own a Tupperware
orange peeler?

I do...
I do... I do
have a Tupperware orange peeler!

It worked like magic
and cost me nothing!
After about fifteen minutes
I had the 4 cups needed for the recipe
cleaned and hulled.

Consulted Betty (again) for crust.
Adapted it to make it vegan
and it was 

Here's the rundown
for a two-crust 8-9 inch pie:
2/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
5-6 Tablespoons ice cold water
(I put 3 cubes in a cup)
Cut oil into flour and salt until pea-sized particles are formed.
Sprinkle water in 
one tablespoon at a time
until well moistened and
the pastry cleans the side of the bowl.

Divide and Roll.

Mix the cherries with sugar.
I reduced Betty's recipe 
to a scant 1 cup...
followed the rest 
except when it called for dotting butter
I used coconut spread.

That pie went fast.

A retraction is called for.

I now know that I just might pick
a real cherry pie
if I am ever asked to make
a final choice.

the only picture I captured

For those who may have forgotten...
I am on a quest for the
perfect pie this summer.

the only goal that I 
am truly dedicated to.

What would your last meal be?
let's just ask for dessert first!

1 comment:

  1. Delicious! I made my very first cherry pie last? Year. Yours looks better-might have been your secret ingredient--love!!