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Cherry Pie for Your Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day! Happy Presidents Day! Today's recipe kills two birds with one cherry stone. I love making this pie, just make sure you buy the can of tart cherries. Not canned sweet cherries or the cherry pie filling. This is one of Texas Cooking's original recipes, which is why it's still called Grandma's Cherry Pie. Go on and indulge your sweet tooth this weekend!

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Grandma's Cherry Pie

Luscious! Cherry pie is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but taken "straight," it's still sublime. This is one of the best pies you can make. From an article on Cherry Pie for Your Valentine.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/3 tablespoons butter (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 14.5-ounce can of tart pie cherries, NOT cherry pie filling (look for Pitted Red Tart Pie Cherries in water)
  • Pastry for double-crust pie
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and undrained cherries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils (about 6 or 7 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in almond extract.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9-inch unbaked pie shell. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, seal edges and crimp. If a lattice crus is not used, put one or several vents in the crust.
  4. Bake at 425°F for 30 to 35 minutes until crust is brown.

Notes: Be sure to cook over high heat, as this caramelizes the sugar from the Dr Pepper.

Kitchen tools you'll need: Pie Baker, Saucepan, Mixing Bowls, Rubber Spatula, Wire Cooling Racks

More recipes: Grandma's Apple Pie, Texas Fried Pies.

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