Lip-smacking cherry pie

Cherry pie is a rare treat in hot South Africa, with cherries costing over to R200 for 2kgs. But when I found a big box of the juicy, red fruit for a good price… I couldn’t resist. And knowing my boyfriend’s deep and abiding love for all things cherry, I thought a pie was just the treat he deserved.

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Sooo juicy, and red!

I whipped up the dough and left it to cool for an hour, then convinced my friends, over for dinner, to help me hull all the cherries – no small feat! The pits are a real schlepp to dig out so definitely make this a bit of a community project (it helps to bribe everyone with wine).

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Once the pastry is made and the cherries are pitted, the rest is easy peasy.

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This recipe is Martha Stewart’s and it’s divine! Serve it with vanilla ice-cream for a real kick, and we served it warm, not cool as the recipe suggested (we maybe waited 30 minutes for it to cool, and not the three-hours Martha wanted!).

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I followed this helpful tutorial on how to make a pastry lattice to give it this beautiful crust, and the tips really worked.

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I also sprinkled sugar and almond bits on top to give a little crunchy almond bite. Another suggestion… maybe chuck a little brandy in! Next time…

Get the sweet cherry pie recipe here and the shortcrust pastry recipe here.

 

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