. GET THE RECIPE . Snip off the end of the straw with scissors whenever it gets splayed and dull, and keep on going . Valerie, Yes, I’d tried all sorts of cherry pitters and then a few years ago a friend passed on this simple but genius trick – it’s probably been around forever and the rest of the world knew the secret, but I was totally thrilled with how well it works! Where the lyrics different that I can’t remember? Kitchen Frau Note: While you are measuring out the dry ingredients for this crust, set out several bowls and make 2 or 3 batches at the same time, place each one in a heavy duty zip top bag, label it ‘Pie Crust Mix’ and write on it which wet ingredients to add (lard, egg, vinegar, and water), and keep it in the freezer. With your right hand, poke the straw into the indent where the stem attached to the cherry. Preheat oven to 350º. A trick that helps keep the paper from sliding all over the counter is to position the top sheet of parchment on top of the bottom sheet so the corners line up, then let one of the corners hang over the edge of the counter. . . And Evans Cherry Pie is especially, unforgettably, tantalizingly, delicious if you give it a good splash of sour cherry brandy made from last year’s cherry crop. Straw must be occasionally re-cut to ensure a sharp edge. Roll out the dough for each crust between two sheets of parchment paper, working the rolling pin from the center of the pastry circle outwards. This classic sour cherry pie will make your mouth pucker and your guests beg for more! And did you get two runs out of one batch of cherries? Cherry Cooler. It’s quite satisfying to pit a bowlful, once you get into the rhythm, isn’t it? Trim off the excess and flute the edges of the pie crust. and again. Cherry Twist Margarita. By the way, I will also be stealing your idea of setting yourself to watch tv while pitting, genius! Keep rotating the paper a quarter turn, and pin down the next corner, each time rolling with the rolling pin away from you. for me .What a time saver.Now I have lots of pitted cherries pit them using this slick and easy trick. Don’t forget to PIN IT to save the recipe: No-Bake Cherry Coconut Bars – A Delightful Use for Evans Cherries, Gingered Pear Tarts and Gluten Free Pastry Recipe. Roll out the smaller ball to about ½ inch (1.3 cm) bigger than the pie plate all the way around, cutting holes as mentioned above, and place on top of the filled bottom crust. Pour prepared fruit into cheesecloth. I will try that next time I have sour cherries to pit. Recipes Filter by ... Cherry Cola. With a sharp knife, trim off the excess crust all around the edge of the pie dish. No matter how you have to cook – food can always be ‘plain delicious!’. Healthy cooking using fresh garden ingredients, whole foods, alternative grains. I couldn’t resist, and picked a few to make a sour cherry pie (recipe coming soon), and thought I’d meanwhile share a slick and easy tip for pitting the delicate cherries. Stand a bit sideways with your hip against the parchment sheet and pin the overhanging corner between your body and the counter to hold it steady while you roll the rolling pin from the center of the circle of pastry and outwards away from you. So, better late than never, I’ve learned to make a cherry pie. Form each ball into a disk, then wrap the disk tightly in plastic wrap and place into the freezer for 30 minutes, or refrigerate for an hour. i use the back end of a coffee or espresso spoon. Whiz just until the dough starts to come together if you squeeze a handful, or if using a bowl, stir with a fork. Works like a charm. Tip the cherry filling into the chilled pastry crust. Kitchen Frau Notes: You can substitute another fruit liqueur for the cherry brandy, like Creme de Cassis (black currant liqueur), raspberry liqueur, or even just use apple juice. Just reverse the process if you are left handed. Horse's Neck. Cherry Breeze. The cherries are very showy in tiny tarts at Christmas. Finely chop or grind fruit; place in saucepan. Cherry Twist Margarita. Little by little add your sifted flour. Enjoy! The straw works really well for me, and I can pit a big bowl in no time, watching TV. I guess that’s how some of those old folk tunes are. It also works quite well. A friend requested the following recipe. Thanks for visiting; it makes my day to know I have readers following my kitchen adventures! But she’s a young thing and cannot leave her mother. (Printable Recipe) 2 cups stemmed and pitted Evans cherries ¾ cup sugar (add more, depending on how sweet you like your drizzle) 3 - 4 drops of almond extract 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 2 - 3 tbsp cornstarch Method: Place the cherries, sugar, almond extract and ground cinnamon in a saucepan. Happy rest-of-the-summer to you . I made a second one and it still works fine but not quite as slick as my first. (But if you don’t have any, don’t despair – Billy Boy and his friends will still love the pie without it.). Healthy cooking using fresh garden ingredients, whole foods, alternative grains. and again . Remove the dough from the holes with the tip of a butter knife. Don’t work the dough too much. 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There’s the old saying ‘Give the laziest man the hardest job and he’ll find the easiest way to do it’ – that’s how the TV watching came about! If you like my recipes, follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. I like to use a pizza pan with a raised lip. If you don’t have a sifter, my aunt shared with me just running a fork through the flour to fluff it up works. And it does. Hi Irene, sounds like you’ve got a super, high-tech system, too! My Favourite Evans (Sour) Cherry Pie Filling: 4 to 5 cups pitted Evans (or sour) cherries, drained, reserving the juice So glad it worked for you – now you know the secret, too! . With your left hand remove the cherry pit into the pit bowl, and with your right thumb, slide the cherry off the straw and into the cherry bowl below it. Maybe they’ll get sweeter yet . If needed, add up to one more tablespoon water until the mixture can just be pressed together into a rough ball. (Skip to recipe.). The result was a rosy, cherry-scented (real, not cough syrup), delicious elixir that, with carbonated water, is a perfect summer spritzer. Last year we got quite a few wasp stings on our hands as we picked the cherries, annoying the wasps, dopey and half drunk on cherries, as they crawled amongst the fruits. Toss again gently to combine. Can she bake a cherry pie, charming Billy? You want to be able to see some clumps of shortening remaining, so the pastry will be flaky. Add five tablespoons of the water, stirring with a fork. I have used a paperclip like a little scoop in the stem end. This recipe is made with red crab apples, but I do exactly the same thing with fresh Evans Cherries and the product is outrageously scrumptious. Mix well. Add water. Wrote about it, as well! (Yes, I know my lyrics are different, but that’s how I remember them from childhood ), Apparently baking a cherry pie is one of the criteria necessary for becoming a wife – good thing my husband didn’t know that when he met me, or we might never have tied the knot! Dump the dough onto the counter if using a food processor, or leave it in the bowl. The Kitchen Frau blog is about Canadian food with a German flair and a gluten-free twist. This year, due to the heat and drought conditions of our summer, our fruits and vegetables are all ripening several weeks earlier, and the first frost is still a long time away (I hope). Place the water and sugar in a large saucepan of a low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. for sour cherries). —Margaret Bose-Johnson, Sweet Corn Bisque – a Bowl Full of Summer, That famous nursery rhyme/song has been my earworm. It takes just minutes to pick a pail full, and not much longer to pit them using this slick and easy trick. Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? The best little gadget (after trying many types of cherry pitters) is a simple plastic drinking straw. The Kitchen Frau blog is about Canadian food with a German flair and a gluten-free twist.