By Heather Legg
It is the heart of summer and fresh food is abundant. In our house, we eat tons of fresh fruit and veggies, but sometimes you want to jazz it up a little. If you are fortunate enough to have lots of fresh fruit, a pie or cobbler is so good in the summertime. Here is one I came across on www.godairyfree.com that uses fresh cherries (or frozen or canned). It sounds like summer in a pie shell and better than that, it is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Nut-Free. It can be made Soy-Free with a soy-free margarine (such as the new one from Earth Balance) and it can be made Gluten-Free with a gluten-free pie crust.
Door County Cherry Pie
Recipe by Kelly Rudnicki of Food Allergy Mama, and author of The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book.
1 recipe Easy Pie Dough (recipe below)
6 cups fresh red tart cherries, pitted (or use 6 c. frozen cherries or 2 cans tart or sour pitted cherries, drained)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon dairy-free margarine, cut into pieces
Prepare Easy Pie Dough recipe as directed below. Line a 9-inch pie plate with 1 rolled-out disk of dough.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cherries, cornstarch, and sugar, and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes, until thickened. Stir in vanilla, and pour into prepared pie pan. Dot the top with pieces of dairy-free margarine. Roll out the second disk of dough into a large 11-inch rectangle. Cut the pastry into 1/2-inch strips, and weave dough into a lattice design.
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until fruit is bubbling and crust is nicely browned. Cover edges with foil if the crust is browning too quickly. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Tip: If you are using canned cherries, make sure they are well drained and rinsed thoroughly. Add drops of red food coloring to give the canned cherries some of their red coloring back. Alternatively use frozen cherries.
Yield: 6 servings
Easy Pie Dough
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup dairy-free shortening chilled and cut into small pieces
5–7 tablespoons ice water
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in food processor. Add small pieces of shortening, and pulse a few times until mixture resembles small crumbs. Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to flour mixture, pulsing until the dough just comes together. Transfer mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap. Use wrap to pull sides of dough together to form a rounded disk. Chill at least 30 minutes before using.
Yield: Makes enough dough for a double-crust 9-inch pie