In honor of Pi Day, Rose’s Alpha Bakers have been baking sour cherry pies. We’re supposed to post on Monday; I’m a day late. Pies have been popping up on blogs for the last several days. Many successes, this is a popular recipe. We are using Rose’s cream cheese pie crust for this dish. You may remember that I skipped this crust the last time we baked a pie in order to bake a vegan version for our daughter. I’m so glad that I didn’t skip it this time.
Made with butter, cream cheese, and a dab of baking powder, this tender crust has gathered the most comments. More than one person liked the pie but loved the crust. Working with it was a dream. The crust rolled out so nicely. No cracking or splitting as I rolled. It was like rolling out a soft, fluffy Play Dough. This may become my “go to” pie crust recipe.
As for the filling, I had no idea that sour cherries would be so hard to find. I remember my mom buying canned sour cherries for pies when I was a kid. Apparently, the manager at my local supermarket has no such memory. No canned sour cherries. No frozen sour cherries. I didn’t even see canned cherry pie filling. Maybe the problem is that I can’t find my way around an American grocery store anymore.
I did manage to find one pound bags of frozen sweet cherries. To make up for the missing tartness, I added some frozen cranberries and reduced the sugar by a couple of tablespoons. The filling is cooked on the stovetop before adding it to the pie crust. The result was a firm pie that didn’t run all over the plate when sliced.
I’m glad the elusive sour cherries didn’t keep me from baking this pie. It was delicious.
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.