Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cherry Crumb Pie

Cherries are in abundance right now, the supermarket shelves are overflowing with perfect little cherries - beautiful, deep red and sinfully sweet. I couldn't resist picking them up, hoping to turn them into a perfect summer dessert. Late sunday afternoon, sitting with a big bowlful of cherries in front me, recipes circling in my head - I decided upon Cherry Pie, that would surely be hard to mess up !

Now, prepping cherries is fun if you have the time and patience for it. The lack of a cherry pitter made my task more time consuming than necessary, but tasty ;) nonetheless.

Wearing a T-shirt that wouldn't get ruined by the red juices, I sat down with a paring knife, and one-by-one pitted the cherries - like you would an avocado, by running the knife around the cherry, twisting the two halves in opposite directions and then removing the pit - in the end, I had a bunch of cherry halves with me. The ones that made it, without me snacking on them, went on to become yummy pie filling.

For the homemade pie-filling - I used four cups of cherry halves and half a cup of water and heated this in a saucepan and added 1/2 cup sugar(depending on how sweet the cherries are) and 2 teaspoons of Corn Flour. Stirring occassionally, I watched as the cherries started to soften and mixture bubbled and thickened and then added 1/2 tsp. of lemon zest for that something extra !

I used a store-bought pie crust - just used a fork and pressed gently against the soft pastry, and then added the pie filling. For the crumb topping, I mixed half cup flour, 1 egg, 1/4 cup nuts, 1/4 cup flaked coconut and 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup butter ( This is an estimate, as I just threw some stuff in that I thought would work, to make it into a sticky topping) and then topped the pie filling with this.


Bake the pie for around 30-35 minutes in a preheated oven at 350 F till the crumb topping has turned golden brown. My pie bubbled over the crust, but tasted sensational, much more the next day after all the flavours married.  


Blogger Vineela said...

Hi Monisha,
Yummy Rainbow cake and cherry pie looks good.

4:55 PM, July 26, 2006  
Blogger Nandita said...

That does look sensationally beautiful Monisha. I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog-and I'll be here often...You do some seriously good icing I must say :)

11:56 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Trupti said...

Looks awesome....would be great paired with a cup of some strong Colombian coffee!


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