Black Cherry Bourbon Pie

Delicious Homemade Cherry Pie

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups stemmed and pitted fresh dark sweet or sour cherries (that’s about 2 pounds whole unpitted cherries)
  •  3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar for sweet cherries, or 1 cup (200 g) for sour cherries
  • 1/4 cup of bourbon
  •  3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  •  Grated zest from 1/2 lemon
  •  ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  •  2 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into mini cubes
  •  1 egg beaten , for brushing the top crust
  •  Coarse or granulated sugar , for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Roll out the dough: Take one disc of dough out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften slightly for easy rolling. On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. Place the dough gently into a 9-inch pie pan; you can do this by flouring a rolling pin and rolling the dough loosely around it, then unrolling it into the pan. Brush away any excess flour on the surface. With a sharp knife, trim the edges of the pastry to fit the pie pan. Cover pan with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Roll out the other disc in the same fashion, then transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
  2. Make the cherry filling: In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, tapioca starch, and salt. Stir in cherries. Add bourbon and zest, vanilla extract, and mix to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 425F/220C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place in the lower third of the oven.
  4. Spread cream cheese across the bottom of the pie crust. Add cherry filling in an even layer, and dot with butter on top. Place the second crust over the filling, crimp the edges. Use either a lattice top or add four slits to a full top for the steam to escape. Brush the crust with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375F/190C and continue baking until the crust is golden brown and juices are bubbling through the slits, about 40-50 minutes longer. Cover the edges of the pie loosely with foil if it starts browning too much while baking.
  6. Allow pie to cool for at least 4 hours before serving so that the filling can set. Store pie in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

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Apple Pie

Cinnamon Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples, skins on, quartered and cored
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 double crust pie dough
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut up into tiny cubes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • sugar to sprinkle across the top of the pie

Directions:

  1. Slice the apples into pieces.
  2. Combine in a large bowl apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour. Mix until apples are thoroughly covered.
  3. Pour the mixture into an a pie crust. Mound high and dot with butter.
  4. Cover fruit with second pie crust. Crimp edges and vent with 4-6 slits across the top.
  5. Cover the pie and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  7. Brush the beaten egg across the top.
  8. Wrap around the edge with foil to keep from overbrowning.
  9. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes longer.
  11. Open the oven and carefully sprinkle the sugar across the top. Bake for another 10 minutes until top is golden.
  12. Cool the pie for an hour.

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Homemade Gooey S'mores with Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • large marshmallows
  • graham cracker squares
  • peanut butter cups

Directions:

  1. Cook a marshmallow over an open flame or hot coals until it is browned outside, and soft all the way through, 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Place the marshmallow on top of one of the graham cracker squares. Place the peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow. Top with the last graham cracker square.
  3. Eat and enjoy the deliciousness.

French Silk Chocolate Pie

Sweet Homemade French Silk Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crusts, softened
  • oz unsweetened chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 pasteurized eggs
  • 1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls, if desired

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat; cool. In small bowl with electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cooled chocolate and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating on high speed 2 minutes after each addition; beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Pour into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Coconut Meringue Pie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Meringue:
  • 5 to 6 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle coconut in crust; set aside. Stir together sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Place egg yolks in a medium heavy saucepan; whisk in sugar mixture and milk alternately until smooth.
  3. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling and thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; pour over coconut in crust.
  4. For Meringue: In a deep bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce mixer to low speed; add cream of tartar.
  5. Gradually beat in sugar, one tablespoon at a time; beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Spoon Meringue over hot filling, sealing carefully to edge of crust.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees until meringue is lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Orange Cream Pie with Figs and Blackberries

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Ingredients:

  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 6-ounce graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 8-ounce frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 pint figs, quartered
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, orange juice and lemon juice in a bowl; pour into pie crust.
  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until center of pie is set.
  4. Cool completely; cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to 2 days.
  5. Spread whipped topping over chilled pie; garnish with figs and blackberries.
  6. Drizzle with honey.

Honey Balsamic Blueberry Pie

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Ingredients

  • Refrigerated pie crusts, 2 count
  • 7 cups of fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 large egg

Directions

  1. Prepare the filling: Place 1 cup of blueberries in a large bowl; crush with a wooden spoon. Stir in the cornstarch and vinegar until cornstarch dissolves. Stir in the sugar, next five ingredients, and remaining 6 cups of blueberries into the smashed berry mixture.
  2. Fit one of the two dough rolls into a greased 9 inch pie dish. Cut the second into 12 to 14 (1/2 inch wide) strips.
  3. Pour fruit into piecrust. Dot with butter cubes. Whisk together egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Lightly brush egg mixture around the edge of the pie. Arrange piecrust strips in a lattice design over filling. Trim excess dough and lightly press the edges together. Brush entire top of the pie with the remaining egg mixture. Freeze for 20 minutes or until dough is firm.
  4.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Bake pie on a foil lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 20 more minutes. Cover pie with foil to prevent excess browning, bake another 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is golden or the filling in the center bubbles. Total time 65-70 minutes.
  6. Remove to a wire rack and cool for one hour before serving.