Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Gorgeous Summer Sky, Cinnamon Rolls AND Cherry Pie!

Happy Sunday night everyone!  It's gorgeous out there, and I took a photo as I got out of my car around 9:15 pm to capture the beautiful summer night sky.

OK, on to baking:  I promised my sister-in-law Lynn that I'd re-post my recipe for cinnamon rolls, and it's right here where it's always been (!).  Just click and it's yours.

Cinnamon Rolls, as requested!
Now, about that cherry pie!  Katie made one today, after buying cherries for $1.98 lb. at Hannaford, and it was dessert to her dinner of home made (and fantastic) chicken enchiladas.  I know, it doesn't seem to go together at all, but I don't care what's served for dinner, if it's followed by cherry pie, it goes!!!

I tried to retain each facet of her pie making today, and I have it here for you.  She used her America's Test Kitchen cook book (one of her old reliables) and the pie was fantastic!!!  You're supposed to wait 20 minutes after it comes out of the oven....That did NOT happen!  Nope, my slice of hot cherry pie melted my Stewart's Philly Vanilla ice cream beautifully!  So, first the recipe, then a collage of photos to show you just how beautiful a pie can be (surpassed only by how unbelievably delicious it was!)...

(memorized from watching Katie as she used her America's Test Kitchen Cookbook)
Preheated oven 425 degrees for 1st half  hour; 325 degrees for 2nd half hour)

Pie crust for a 2-crust pie
6 cups pitted and halved fresh cherries
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
dash salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Line pie plate with bottom crust.

Mix together cherries, cornstarch, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and almond extract.  Let mixture sit for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, pour into pie shell.  Top with top crust.  (Katie used Pillsbury pie crusts, and made a lattice of the top crust).  Crimp edges.  Spritz top with water and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake pie on cookie sheet at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.  Turn oven down to 325 degrees F and bake an additional half hour.  Remove from oven, and let sit 20 minutes for the juices to thicken (we did NOT do this!).

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, and be thankful for simple pleasures!!!

Katie's cherry pie!
and finally, to get the new week off to a good start,  here are a couple of my favorite guys:

My boys...(my loves)


  1. Such a beautiful pie and such beautiful boys! I can't wait to come home tomorrow!! Grandpa said dinner was great! Now I know why!

  2. Everything looks amazing! Did Katie use sweet cherries? I always make jam from sour cherries.

  3. sharron eddy cataldoJuly 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    awesome picture Aand those ciin buns have to try ! thanks

  4. Such a beautiful pie and such beautiful boys! I can't wait to come home tomorrow!! Grandpa said dinner was great! Now I know why!

  5. Its so nice Kate has picked up your love of baking..2 lucky little boys! I gain weight just reading your blogs....but OH well !
    C June

  6. We popped over to Tom and Cindy's last night just in time for a slice of blueberry pie. Easily the best I have ever had!!! What is it about a pie? It just smacks of home and comfort. Katie's looks great!

  7. We stopped over at Tom and Cindy's last night just in time for a slice of blueberry pie that she had made. It was without question, the best blueberry pie I've ever had! Just a hint of lemon hiding in there too. What is it about pie that just brings back memories of home and comfort? Katie's pie looks amazing too and I'm sure everyone loved digging in to it!

  8. Thanks for the cinnamon bun recipe. I have printed it out and it is very very close to my mom's/grandmother's recipe. I will be makeing these very soon. Katie's pie looks fabulous. Wouldn't it be fun to get a whole bunch of us together and have everyone bring a homebaked desert? Wow, it would be a Weight Watchers nightmare for sure! LOL Thanks Jeanne for the recipe. Lynn

  9. Katie's cherry pie is beautiful! It is great that you both share the love of baking - and are both so very good at it. Have a great week!

  10. sharron Eddy CataldoJuly 30, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    My husband loves cherry pie ! have to try this one !

  11. Are you using bing cherries for the pie?

  12. I have to borrow this recipe and make this for my mom. Looks beautiful!

  13. If I win can I request Cinnamon Rolls!!! Just kidding! Everything you make looks amazing!

    Carrie Davis

  14. Andy may need to try this out--he is expanding his cooking skills into baking and this looks excellent. He has been using a risotto recipe from your site, too. xo, Marla