CHERRY PIE – A Lovely Summertime Dessert.
2 cups pitted sour cherries (fresh or frozen)
7 oz (200 g) of unsalted, softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs at room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 tablespoon powdered sugar for dusting
Place the cherries in a bowl and rinse them thoroughly with cool water. Remove the pits with a cherry pitter or with a paper clip. To remove a pit from a cherry with a paper clip, push the smaller end of the paper clip into the stem end of the cherry, run it under the pit, and pull up to scoop it out. Repeat with the remaining sour cherries.
Place the sour cherries in a colander and let the juice drain. If using frozen cherries, thaw them in advance and place them in a colander to drain.
With an electric mixer, beat the softened butter and the sugar.
Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract, and beat well.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Gradually add this mixture to the egg-butter mixture, slowly mixing them together with a spoon until smooth.
Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C)
Transfer the dough into a buttered baking pan with removable bottom and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Then, carefully remove the pan from the oven using oven mitts (pan will be very hot), and place the cherries on the dough.
Bake the pie for about 40-50 minutes. Make sure that the pie doesn’t burn on top. If the pie crust becomes golden on top, but the pie hadn’t finished baking yet, cover it with foil and reduce the temperature by a bit.
This two-step baking method is required because the dough is very tender and the cherries can sink to the bottom of the pan during the baking time. If you want to avoid the two-step baking method, just add more flour to the dough to make it more firm and place the cherries on top without prebaking it.
Check whether the pie is finished baking by pricking it with a wooden toothpick or skewer. If the toothpick or skewer comes out clean, the pie is done.
Dust the top with powdered sugar and serve the pie while it’s still warm. Warm pies, especially fruit and berry, are delicious when combined with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Bon Appétit! Enjoy!
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