Believe it or not I have never made a pie before. I always say I am more of a cook than I am a baker. I don't like to measure, I like to add random things and taste them before the finished product hits the table. You can't do those things in baking. I am trying to push myself though so I decided to make a cherry pie for my dad's birthday. Not just any pie my Grandma Agnes' Cherry Pie. It is a recipe I received at one of my bridal showers from my Auntie Carol Ann. She also was the one to give me the recipe for the Cranberry Orange Pull Apart Rolls.
My Auntie said that she typically does not make her own pie crust. I hope I'm not outing her but, that really sealed the deal for making this pie. Eventually, maybe just once, I will make my own crust. But, with the whole family including my twin nieces around, time was of the essence.
Here goes my first. ever. pie. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY Dad!!!
Musical selection: Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis. Since this song came out--a LONG long time ago, my dad has always sang it to me.
Happy Father's Day to all you great dad's out there!!!!
2 frozen pie crusts (one for top one for bottom)
2 cans sour cherries packed in water
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons tapioca
5 drops red food coloring
Roll out your crust and place in a pie pan.
Mix cherries, sugar, almond extract, cinnamon, tapioca and food coloring. Let sit 15 minutes.
Place the cherry filling into the pie crust.
Place the top crust on the pie. Basket weave or top with a sheet of pie dough. If you use a sheet make sure to cut a few slits on the top.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes then reduce to 400 for 30 minutes. If the edges get to brown cover them with tin foil for the remaining amount of time.
Serve with whipped cream and or ice cream.
Recipe by: Agnes Donnay