Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Sour Cherry Pie with Pistachio Crumble



I'm not a big cherry pie fan. Cherry pies have always tasted just a little fake to me. I love real cherries, but cherry pie filling just does not taste like real cherries. I will eat things made with cherry pie filling to be polite, but I would never, ever choose cherry pie over almost any other type of pie...until now! This beauty of a dessert is just so good! It calls for fresh or frozen sour pie cherries, but I couldn't find those anywhere, so I used canned pie cherries (NOT cherry pie filling!). Toss the cherries with a little cornstarch, some sugar, and voila! It takes mere minutes and the results are so delicious and so not-fake-tasting that I don't see why anyone would ever use canned cherry pie filling!



I'm a sucker for crumble topping, and the addition of pistachios in this one lent the oatmeal/cinnamon mixture an interesting, lemony crunch and a beautiful chartreuse color.



The only problem I had was the pie crust. I am a pie crust novice, but my husband is not. So, when I make this pie again (I'm thinking of adding it to the Thanksgiving line-up from now on!), if I'm not better at the pie crust thing, I can always have my husband make the crust for me. Or buy store-bought pie crust, but don't tell anyone I said that!



I'm on vacation visiting my parents, and all my siblings are here too, so there were many tasters for this week's recipe. The pie was universally well-received, but my sister, who LOVES cherry pie, said it was amazing and even shared a piece with me for breakfast the next morning. A high compliment indeed.

This week's recipe was chosen by Michelle of Flourchild. Please, please go get the recipe from her blog; it was so delicious! And check out the other Sweet Melissa Sundays Bakers here.
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14 comments:

  1. Yum! It looks fantastic and it certainly sounds as if it were well received. Fabulous job!!

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  2. Ahh Im so happy your family liked it. I am happy you baked with me this week. I thought the topping was amazing!

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  3. It looks like a gorgeous cherry pie and I'm so happy that it was well received by everyone in your family. Have fun on the rest of your vacation!

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  4. I loved this pie, too! Great photos! :)

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  5. Yummy, no wonder your family liked it so much, it looks amazing :D

    Katie xox

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  6. Your pie looks really delicious, especially the topping!

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  7. Grest job with the pie - it looks fantastic!

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  8. Nice job on the pie! The crumble sounds and looks so good!

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  9. Aww, I'm so glad you're on vacation and getting to visit the family--and I'm so glad that they could be your fabulous taste testers! I think I'm absolutely in agreement with you: I normally can't stand cherry pies, but this one was fabulous. None of that gross, overly gelatinous fake filling; only deliciousness! And the crumble was divine. Your pie turned out just beautifully!!

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  10. Gorgeous pie! I'm happy to hear it was so successful for you and well-liked by all. I definitely recommend you try the Cook's Illustrated pie dough, it's always successful for me and very tasty.

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  11. WOW! I heart pistachios and cherries. So I bet it is good.

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  12. Your pie looks awesome! This was my first cherry pie but I really enjoyed it. Enjoy your vacation!

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  13. Glad you liked this so much, I totally porked on this one, ate so much. Your pie looks terrific.

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