Time flies! Can you believe that January is approaching its end? 2008 has just barely started, yet it is already full of challenges. Browsing through all my favourite blogs, Lucy´s sentence totally captures what I feel “It will be a good year, this one. I can feel it already, deep within my bones.” There´s something to the first photo, too. I took it quite recently during a sunset walk at St Kilda Beach. It was such a fine summer day, hot but not too unpleasant. I was walking there, feeling the excitement to emerge in something new. My lovely friend orangecrazy expressed this in words… “This shot looks like various stages of an emerging sea creature…” There is a deep sense of happiness when someone can understand what I want to express. You know, we do see things very differently. And a photo can say a thousand words. Sharing our finest moments with each other, then, is such a pleasure…
And one of those finest moments for me is definitely tasting (and eating) a lot of cherries and stoned fruits this season. These gorgeous fruits make summer much more enjoyable. Cherries! Aren´t they adorable? The ones I have here are really sweet and juicy. With them, no cooking is required since the fruits alone have approached perfection.
Yet, after my impulsive buying behaviour, I decide to make a cherry pie. The idea of a cherry pie emerged since last year, but I chose to make a tart instead. Mr. B, then, complained a little since he really wanted the pie. A year passed and finally his wish is fulfilled when I present this very cherry pie…
First bite and I wonder why I have waited so long for this? I should have made it long time ago. The pie, which comes from the baking goodness Rose Levy Beranbaum, is spectacular. The sweet, juicy and fruity filling is a wonderful match with the crisp, flaky cream cheese crust. In my humble opinion, the pie is so wonderful by itself so there´s no need for extra like cream or chocolate sauce. An excellent pie, indeed!
Now I know I should leave a recipe here. For the crust, use this recipe, but remember to double the amount. You may have some left over, bake it lightly before freezing. The leftover dough will become handy for a quick dessert like this (Thanks, Gattina!). For the filling, head over to Rose´s post. Rose used sour cherry while mine is sweet so I reduce the sugar a little. You may want to adjust the sugar depending on the taste of the fruits.
And of course, go crazy with the design of the pie. After all, this is your very own pie, right? For me, I am happy with the heart-shaped pastries on top this time. Not too dramatic, but sweet and cute just like cherries!
A note for photography: I took the shots from my window using window light. I experiment with using the mirror as a reflection underneath. The background you see is my curtain shadows reflected in the mirror. Nice effects, I think?