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Sweet cherry pie with chocolate crust made with fresh cherries. We used a homemade chocolate crust instead of plain pastry to create a totally over the top cherry pie.

Cherry Pie with Chocolate Crust by NutmegNanny.com

Today is National Cherry Pie Day….hooray!  Let the cherry pie eating begin!

To be honest I wouldn’t have even known it was National Cherry Pie Day if it wasn’t for my fine friends over at King Arthur Flour.  They sent me a few goodies and asked me to prepare my take on classic cherry pie.  I was game for this challenge!

Cherry Pie with Chocolate Crust by NutmegNanny.com

Now, what did they send me? Well, only the best stuff ever! Some unbleached all-purpose flour, pie filling enhancer, silicone pie crust shield, pie essentials DVD and my new favorite magazine The Baking Sheet.  No, I’m serious.  This magazine is the best. I actually lost track of time while my pie was baking because I was reading this gem.  Thank goodness for beeping times!

Cherry Pie with Chocolate Crust by NutmegNanny.com

So, with my goodies in tow I set off to the kitchen!  I decided to take a classic and give it a little spin.  Instead of a normal pastry pie crust I went with a chocolate almond crust and then topped the pie with a little crumbly topping.  This is my kind of cherry pie!

Cherry Pie with Chocolate Crust by NutmegNanny.com

The pie came together like a classic cherry pie except I put it in my tart pan instead of a traditional pie plate.  This was done just because of the sheer ease of removing it from the pan.  The biggest issue I had was the overflow. I guess that could have been solved by not filling my pie so high but I didn’t want to waste one single cherry.  Plus I kinnda like the way the overflow looked.  It made me want to dig right in!

Cherry Pie with Chocolate Crust by NutmegNanny.com

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Cherry Pie with Chocolate Crust

Sweet cherry pie with chocolate crust made with fresh cherries. We used a homemade chocolate crust instead to create a totally over the top cherry pie.

Yield: 1 pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For Cherry Filling:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pie filling enhancer
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups (2lbs) frozen sweet cherries*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Chocolate Almond Crust:

  • 1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks cold butter - cubed (12 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg

For Crunchy Crumbly Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup cold butter

Source: Chocolate Almond Crust from Food & Wine Magazine

Directions:

For Cherry Filling:
Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir. Set aside. The cherries will thaw a bit while waiting for the crust to be ready.

*The cherries do not need to be completely thawed but they should be thawed enough to stir.Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir. Set aside. The cherries will thaw a bit while waiting for the crust to be ready.

For Chocolate Almond Crust:
In food processor combine flour, almond flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Pulse to blend. Add the butter, pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the egg, process until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic, flatter into a dish and chill for 30 minutes.

When ready, roll out into a uniform circle and add to pie or tart pan.

For Crunchy Crumbly Topping:

Add brown sugar, flour and oats to a bowl. Stir to combine. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


For Assembly:

Preheat oven 425 degrees.

Add pie crust to pan, fill with cherry filling and top with crunchy crumbly topping. Cook on a silpat lined baking sheet (I say silpat lined because if it bubbles over it makes clean up a breeze!)

Cook pie on 425 degrees for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 375 degrees and cook for about 1 hour longer.

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Saturday 3rd of March 2012

This looks incredible but I am pretty sure Weight Watchers would hate me for it if I made this :) YUM

delia

Thursday 23rd of February 2012

I love pumpkin pie. I baked my first pumpkin pie last week!

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Thursday 23rd of February 2012

It just so happens that Cherry is my favorite pie (crumble topping is a must). I like it on my birthday instead of cake.

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