I picked up 8 lbs of sweet cherries from Costco on Friday night. And they're all gone. Not that I've eaten them all, but they've all been made into three amazing desserts that I can't wait to share with you.
OXO sent me their brand new cherry pitter and so when I saw cherries were on sale I grabbed a whole bunch and figured I might as well put her to the test. I've actually never even had a cherry pitter before so I don't really have anything to compare it to, but it worked like a charm. Place it in the little space, push the handle and thunk goes the seed into the bowl. I got all 8lbs pitted in about 20 minutes. Look at the handle. Doesn't it look like blood stains?
I went back and forth on which recipe to share first, and I finally decided on this classic cherry pie. It's been ages since I've had one and it just sounded so good. Classic cherry taste without pretending to be anything else. What else can I say? Just make it and enjoy this time of year when cherries are plentiful and cheap!
Also, some tips for making an amazing crust that I learned at King Arthur Flour. Cut in the butter, half at a time. The first half, cut it in until it resembles small peas. For the second half, cut the butter into about 1/2 inch squares before adding to the flour. Using your fingers, press the squares until they flatten out. Leave these as large flat pieces and you'll get a nice flaky crust!
Classic Cherry Pie
adapted from Epicurious
1 two crust pie dough recipe (King Arthur Flour)
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 cups whole pitted sour cherries or dark sweet cherries (about 2 pounds whole unpitted cherries)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (if using sour cherries) or 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (if using dark sweet cherries)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon (about) milk