Monday, December 22, 2014

Two Pies in a Day

Actually, it took five hours in the kitchen to make these two pies.  A Cherry pie and and Mincemeat Pie.  I don't consider myself a pro at making pies, especially the kind with two crusts.  Took a lot longer than I thought but just in time to relax with a cup of hot tea and a college football bowl game on TV.

I used Pioneer Women's "Perfect Pie Crust"  x 2 = a total of FOUR pie crusts.  Making homemade from scratch pie crusts will definitely win you lots of points!!  So worth it!!


Once I made the pie crusts.  I used two for the following:
Fold in edges after trimming

Follow simple directions on the Mincemeat jar, pour the mixture into the pie crust.  Set aside.

Roll out the second pie crust.

Use a sharp pointy knife to cut out design for top crust.

Gingerly wrap the crust around a well floured roller

Gingerly unroll the crust over the Mincemeat mixture making sure it's centered

Trim off the edges and tuck underneath

Use a spoon to seal the edges

With a milk and egg wash, brush over the pie.  Bake pie at  425F degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown

Set aside to cool before refrigeration.

While the Mincemeat Pie was baking, I started on the Tart Cherry Pie

TART CHERRY PIE by Love & Olive Oil
Prepare pie crust using the bottom crust first then according to the Pioneer Woman's directions. Set aside.

  • 6 cups (2 pounds) frozen tart cherries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg mixed with 1 tbsp. milk
  • Turbinado or raw sugar, for sprinkling (optional)
Using the second set of pie crusts, prep the bottom crust in pie pan, place in refrigerator to chill.
Toss frozen cherries with 1/2 white sugar

Place cherries in a mesh strainer set over bowl to catch juices.  Let sit, stirring occasionally to redistribute the juices, for about 1 hour or until cherries are mostly thawed and 1/4-1/2 cup of liquid has drained out the bottom.

 Place drained cherries is medium pot.  Add lemon juice.  

Whisk the reserved cherry juice, other 1/2 cup of sugar and cornstarch.  Mix until there are no clumps

On medium high heat, pour cherry juices into cherry mixture.  Stir constantly with a silicone spatula making sure to scrape up sides and bottom of pot.  Bring to a boil until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and add Almond extract.

Pour cherry mixture into chilled pie crust and return to refrigerator to chill again.

While the cherry mixture is chilling, roll out the top crust.  Using a pizza cutter, cut into 1/2 inch wide slices.

Remove chilled cherry mixture from refrigerator.  Wet edges with milk/egg wash.

This is how I started to weave the lattice top crust.  Don't know for sure if I'm doing it right.

Very difficult for me to try to explain how it's done so perhaps you can understand Lindsay's instructions "Love and Olive Oil" .

 Wet the lattice top crust with the milk/egg mixture and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar.  Bake in 400F degree oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Whew!  I'm so glad these are done.  This lattice pie crust was quite the challenge.  I loved making them but did not realize I would be on my feet for almost five hours straight.  I realize I need to work on presentation so practice makes perfect.  I have never made Mincemeat pie from scratch, has anyone reading this?  I was so glad I still had enough frozen cherries leftover from this past Summer.  These are real Michigan cherries, freshly picked by a friend named Carol and her kids.  Thanks Carol!!

Hubby was very sad I didn't let him dig into either one of these because I'm saving them for our Christmas Eve dinner.  I like making my pies and cookies ahead of time.  The day before Christmas Eve I will work on a Cheeseball, prep two vegetable dishes and as well as prep Tom Turkey.

Here's to more good baking and good cooking for those of you who have the honor this holiday.  Merry Christmas to all!!  Until next time,



  1. Your pies came out beautiful!! Great job!!!
    Not crazy about mincemeat pies but I LOVE cherry ones.
    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Thank you so much! Hubby is the only one who eats the Mincemeat. I don't like it either. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

  2. Great great job!when baking we are on our feet a long time..especially pies like these or detailed cookies.
    Everything you do well!
    Happy merry lovely Christmas to you!

    1. Thank you so much Monique, you're my biggest blog-cheerleader!! You're so king and thoughtful. Happy Merry lovely Christmas to you and family as well!

  3. They looks straight out of a magazine! I like how you did the edges with a spoon, it looks so pretty!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


    1. Thank you so much Paula, that is such a sweet thing to say! May you have a wonderful Christmas as well!!

  4. Your pies look delish.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.


    1. That is yet to be determined and I hope they taste as good as they look! We'll see after Christmas eve :) I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year as well!