the Fourth of July-
Independence, fireworks, cold beer, burgers, hot dogs, PIE.
The week before the holiday, I passed a farmer's market and saw the bushels of fresh cherries... I knew what I had to do for my country.
So I did as the saying goes... give me cherry pie, or give me death. Right. The only death I actually faced was that of the feeling in my fingers after having pitted all those cherries with a paper clip. Thanks for the tip, Martha, but if I ever make one of these again I'm investing in a cherry pitter.
And, thank you, SmittenKitchen, for the pie crust recipe and the three full articles explaining technique. She doesn't stop at Pie Crust 101- 102 and 103 walk us through mixing (I went with using the food processor), chilling, rolling, cutting, weaving, baking... et voilà - buttery, flakey, perfection.
My first lattice crust. Exciting work. Bob and weave.
The egg wash makes all the difference. Look at that shine.
(This weirdly looks like a face?)
I put down a layer of chopped almonds before adding the cherries. ( You can see a bit in this slice.) It added a nice crunch. Please ignore the creeping taste-testers.
America is delicious.
PSA: Summer has seriously hindered my baking and writing... Let's just say it's been hard to stay out of the sun and in front of a hot oven. I'll try harder.