As a child I remember having the most delicious Sarah Lee cherry pies (not sure if you can still get them in SA) as a treat and as I have moved recently was keen to try out the new oven and decided to give a cherry pie recipe a try for some friends.
Everyone really enjoyed it and I can seriously recommend you try it. The recipe calls for ready made pastry so no messy stuff involved. It’s a pretty simple recipe and almost anyone could make this.
What you need:
2 x rolls frozen shortcrust pastry
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons Maizena (corn starch)
Pinch of salt
2 x tins pitted black cherries in thick sauce
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon softened butter
Flan dish (20cm)
Set your oven to 200 celsius
Let the pastry thaw in the fridge over night and then lightly flour a surface and roll out so that you have enough width to line the flan dish with pastry. Spray the flan dish with spray and cook or butter well and then cover the pastry with baking paper and fill with baking beads.
Blind bake for 15 minutes, remove the beads and return to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes until lightly browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
Add sugar, Maizena and salt to a bowl and mix.
Drain the cherries and keep 1/2 cup of the sauce in a bowl.
Add the lemon juice to the cherry sauce and then add all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
Now add the softened butter and pop into the fridge for about 15 minutes.
The mixture is quite runny so don’t be alarmed.
Now place the cherry mixture into the beautifully crisp flan dish.
Cover with a lattice of pastry strips and pop into the oven for 50 minutes or so or until the lattice pastry is golden brown.
Serve with thick cream and ice cream.
Next time I will add a little cinnamon!!