Wednesday, June 25, 2014

From Cherries To Cherry Pie!

We have been picking cherries - sour cherries.. which are also called pie cherries. My husband loves cherries.... and so does the whole family.

This is what we all look forward to.... cherry pie.... or cherry crisp.... cherry jam..... cherry anything!

My dad grew up in Traverse City, Michigan where about 3/4 of the cherries grown in the US are grown... I grew up knowing that cherries are wonderful and we even had our own cherry tree....then I married a man who also loves cherries. :)
 First the cherries have to be picked. So far, my husband and some of the kids, have picked about 60 pounds off from two trees in the area this year.

These have been pitted...

Though I was planning to make cherry pie, I was determined to get some of these wonderful cherries into the freezer for winter. I put 2 of these bags of cherries in... and the rest went to pies.

One of the pie crusts all ready for cherries.....
 Uh Oh, there is a problem here..... do you see it?
This is the problem.... a pit that was overlooked.  Eating cherries requires some care as there could be a pit here and there.... and that can take all of the enjoyment out of eating the pie if you crack a tooth. These pits can be easy to miss.... glad I caught this one. :)

Like pits, sins can be easily overlooked too....  I wonder if I need to look at my life more closely and see if I missed any.... and repent of them..... hmmmm.  I don't want to miss those - they can cause more damage than cherry pits.
 Cherries, with sugar and flour, are in the crust, and dotted with butter.... now to make the basket weave crust....

I do short the sugar a little as we like the pie a bit tart - of course having ice cream on it also adds some sweetness. :)
 Ready for the oven.... some of the strips are uneven as one of the girls practiced cutting and weaving the strips on this pie..... looks pretty good. :)
 It won't be long now........
 Yum..... and it smells so good! :)
 Seems to have turned out okay.....

It was still warm...... and needed ice cream..... Yes...... it turned out okay. :)  We all enjoyed it after working hard today....

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  1. Mmmm..... That was really good!!! <3

  2. I wish you lived closer, I'd help pick the cherries. YUM!

    1. That would be great!!! Thank you for visiting - nice to have you stop by! :)

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    1. Thank was......and we saved one in the freezer to have next week. Yum. :)

  4. That is a beautiful and delicious looking pie! I love cherries, too.

    1. Thank you..... it's nice to have them in season right now. :) Thank you for visiting.

  5. Such a beautiful pie! Looks delicious!

  6. Wow, you are an amazing baker. That pie looks gorgeous! :) We don't have any cherries near us :( but boy do I go to town when I see some at a stand!

    1. Thank you.... cherries are pretty special here... my family has picked and pitted about 80 pounds this year! What a blessing to have some in the freezer for winter. :)