When asked about my favorite dessert people are always shocked when I express my dislike for cake. Being the owner of a cake shop I guess its expected that I spend my days chomping on cupcakes while excitedly rubbing my ever growing tummy. Thankfully, cake just doesn't rock my world in the treat department. Pies are much more my thing, hence them rarely appearing on the menu at Pet Lamb. We were recently contacted by a client asking if we could supply sweet cherry pies to his establishment (which just so happens to be my favorite bar in Newcastle, uh oh). After a bit of soul searching, asking myself if I can handle letting pies leave the shop without me sampling them we decided to give it a go.
Firstly, cherries are expensive and boy do you need a lot of them, 1kg to be exact. If, like me, you cant be hassled with stoning 1kg of cherries, buy them ready frozen from your local supermarket. This will save you a lot of time, a lot of effort and frankly, a lot of mess. Once you've gotten over the sheer amount of cherries needed you can really appreciate this beautiful pie. Sweet with just the right amount of tartness, I can only imagine the kind of heaven of this pie served warm with a scoop of amaretto ice cream.
Sweet Cherry Pie
(Makes one 9" pie)
1 batch of sweet pie crust - I like this one
1kg frozen cherries
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 medium free range egg, lightly whisked
1tbsp granulated sugar
Roll your pastry to 5mm thick and use to line your pie dish. Place in the fridge while you make your filling.
Put the cherries into a large saucepan and cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes until they are starting to break down and become juicy. Once juicy combine the lemon juice with the cornflour and add to the cherries along with the lemon zest and cinnamon. Continue to cook for about 1 minute until the mixture has thickened. Set aside until completely cool.
Once cool pour the cherry filling into the prepared pie crust and decorate the top in your chosen method. I went with a lattice but just go with your heart. Brush the top of your pie with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake in a preheated oven (175C) for 40 minutes, serve warm.