When life gives you cherries. Make pie!

My gran has some very prolific white cherry trees, leaving me and the rest of the family with lots of cherries.

Pictures: Lots.

So after experimenting with cherry aqua fresca (not too great) and cherry icecream (I should really get an icecream maker for that stuff), my most succesfull project was this: baby cherry pies, without actual babies.

Recipe (adapted from here)

  • Four and a half(ish) cups of cherries (about 450 g, unpitted, but just accept that you’ll have batter left. It’s ok, it’s still yummy)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup almond meal or shredded almonds (if you don’t have this, just add another ¼ cup of sugar)
  • 3 tbsp maizena or cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1 tbsp milk

Step 1

Wash and pit your cherries.

This is the long part (unless you have fancy cherry pitting machinery)

Step 2

In a small bowl, mix salt, maizena, sugar and almond meal with a fork. Add the softened butter and squish with a fork until you have tiny little balls.

Add lemon juice and vanilla extract to cherries and carefully stir with a spoon. Now fold in the sugar mixture and, lastly, add a splash of milk. Use your spoon to mix well.

Ok, so it's not gonna win any beauty contests. Just you wait.

Step 3

Get yourself some crust dough.

Yes, this is a cop-out, but really, it’s 36° outside, it’s not like making it yourself is gonna work.

You might as well buy this, or get a recipe you know will work.

I’m using leftover linzer dough, for the rather simple reason that it’s omgdelicious. If you must make it yourself, try this http://www.joyofbaking.com/LinzeCookies.html

Roll out dough, grease up a muffin pan and slice circles out of the dough (a big ass cookie cutter works wonders here). Make sure to have circles bigger than your muffin holes. You need to get the dough to the top of the pan.

Step 4

Spoon cherry mixture in the pan. You’ll probably have some left for one more little tart.

If you have dough leftover, you can make little strips for random creativity.

All this goes in a 200° over for about forty minutes (make sure to check the recipe or package of your dough).

Don't you just want to *hug* them?

Or eat them. That too.