Happy Cherry Pie Day

by TSGal on Mon, February 20th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Today is a very special day – it’s Cherry Pie Day!  According to HolidayInsights.com, “cherry pie is America’s second most popular pie, behind only apple pie in popularity.  As a young boy, George Washington made the Cherry tree popular, with his famous quote ‘I can not tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree.’  We celebrate George Washington’s Birthday and President’s Day in February.  Appropriately, its traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of the occasion.”  Today, I encourage you to honor this tradition by treating yourself to a delicious piece of cherry pie.  And if you’re feeling really festive, check out this recipe for Cherry Pie from AllRecipes.com and celebrate Cherry Pie Day with the whole family!

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 55 Min

Ready In: 1 Hr 15 Min

Ingredients

  • PASTRY:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans tart cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water. Tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half. Roll out one half to fit a 9-in. pie plate for bottom crust. Drain cherries, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Mix cherries, juice, sugar, tapioca, extract, salt and food coloring if desired; pour into the crust. Dot with butter . Top with a lattice crust. Bake at 375 degrees F for 55-60 minutes.
Enjoy!
~TSGal

 

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