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12 Feb 2017

Vanilla Cherry Pie

Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
A little spot of baking in name of Valentines day! This year I wanted to celebrate by making something special. I have a real love for everything cherry scented, flavoured - do you think Too Faced might
make a cherry scented palette? - and the gentle sweetness and unctuousness of vanilla is poetry juxtaposed with the tart fruit. I wrote a piece of prose not long ago about Clafoutis, a cake containing cherries and brandy, but here is the real deal! (Minus brandy) I hope you enjoy both poem and recipe.
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
A forenote: as a finishing touch, and purely for decorative purposes, I lavished the finished pie with white chocolate to finish, but let it cool a little too long beforehand! It became a little chunkier and trickier to work with, especially as I was in a rush and the pie was still a little warm from the oven. 
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
For dough: 
3/4 cup of cold, unsalted butter 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon salt  
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening 
5 to 7 tablespoons ice water 

For cherry filling: 
1 cup plus two tablespoons sugar 
1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 cups fresh/frozen pitted tart cherries 
2 tablespoons vanilla essence
1 tablespoon sugar
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
Starting with the dough, cut the butter in to pieces and blend together with the flour, salt and shortening until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add 5 tablespoons ice water and pulse just until mixture forms a dough, adding a tiny amount more ice water if dough is still too dry. Divine dough in half/two sections - I set just a small amount aside to make the pastry hearts - and flatten both sections in to a disk shape. Next, wrap both in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. Now, on to the filling!
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
In a small bowl stir together sugar, tapioca, salt and cinnamon. In a large, heavy skillet, cook fresh or frozen cherries over moderately high heat, stirring, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Next, transfer the cherries to a heatproof bowl, leaving the cherry juices behind. Add the sugar mixture to the cherry juices and simmer, stirring until thickened, for about 3 minutes. Add the cherry sauce to the cherries, stir in vanilla essence and cool. Line lower rack of oven with foil and preheat oven to 400'F.
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
On a lightly floured surface with rolling pin, roll out 1 piece of dough to about 1cm thick and fit snugly in to your tin, leaving a little overhanging the edges. Pour the filling in to the shell and chill, loosely covered with plastic wrap. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining dough and style as desired! I used a knife to sculp some little hearts, about 1/2 centimetre thick, but you could also cut some pastry strips to weave in a lattice pattern on top. Gently brush finished pastry with cold water and sprinkle with sugar. 
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
You could also use egg whites to brush pastry if you have some spare, like with my mini apple pie recipe. It smells so delicious when cooking! If you have any spare mixture you can use it to make some lil jam tarts, one of Oscar's favourites! Bake in middle of oven for 45 mins, until pastry is golden and the filling just begins to bubble. Leave on a rack to cool and drizzle with melted chocolate or serve with ice cream.
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
A little extract... That night, all alone, anyone might have crumbled before that cherry, snapped down the plate and split apart lips of fragrant jelly. Fingers lurched and haemorrhaged fruit, unearthing listening, glistening fronds of fruit and strings of flesh. A schoolboy's drawn out breath measures cold landscapes of batter crusts, crossing black coulis like long, wild sands, splitting apart, oozing black tide ponds. Bang! In the gilded glimmer of spoon, something cold and black caught between lipped rim and drop; his clatter of metal on the tiles. Shock locks the body; hot fear  "..."   the fridge is left ajar, like a poised breath.
Vanilla Cherry Valentines pie blog recipe
Not heavily inspired by Susan Hill haha. It is unfinished but I would love to show you the full version later on my blog. Are you doing any baking or writing for loved ones - or you! - this Valentines? 

27 comments:

  1. You did a really good job at this! I'm not a fan of cherries but I'm finding myself drooling over these pictures... if only I knew how to bake! I'm awful at that kind of stuff.

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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    1. Thank you so much Lizzie, I'm so glad you liked it! Awww no way! ♡

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  2. I never really liked cherries that much but by the looks of this pie I have definitely changed my mind. This looks super yummy !

    Samara | themarshallwardrobe.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, awww so kind! ♡

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  3. Delicious......great post!!!
    Kisses
    Marta

    www.lagattarosablog.it

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  4. Wow this looks absolutely delicious!

    http://amyevans.blog - Amy

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  5. This looks absolutely delicious, I love the pictures/your photography too! Very romantic & Valentine's inspired :-) This post has reminded me how long it's been since I've had a good little baking session and how much I enjoy it, I think it might be time to crack out the rolling pin! Lovely post!

    Xo Gemma
    http://www.sundaysomewhere.co.uk

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    1. Wow so kind, thank you so much Gemma! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :D ♡

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  6. It looks super yummy! You make it sound like it's very easy, I always get a hard time baking hehe xx

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    1. Thank you so much Noirette! I've never used this recipe before, it was a first time for me too haha, next time I will work to neaten it a bit more haha :D ♡

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  7. Sounds like a really delicious recipe! I really love the photos too :)

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Kayleigh, so kind!! ♡

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  8. This looks (your photos are gorgeous!) and sounds delicious! I would love to make this but I'm the only one in this house that likes cherries and I don't think I could stop myself eating the whole thing! I've got this bookmarked though and may try and reduce the ingredients to make a mini one for myself because I don't think I could pass this up, especially with the white chocolate extra!

    Jasmine | http://kkochsongi.co.uk

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    1. Wow thank you so much Jasmine, that means so much! Haha that's a great idea, I'm so glad it was helpful to you!! ♡

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  9. This looks absolutely amazing, this with some cream poured over it... Mmm!

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. Thank you so much Lauren!! Sadly I don't like cream but white chocolate is a good alternative for me haha! ♡

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  10. Ohh this recipee sounds heavenly and the beautiful pictures make it look even better! x

    http://daisyypetals.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Wow thank you so much Daisy, so kind!! ♡

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  11. Ah such a sweet post, I really liked your words (as always!) and the gorgeous bake, it looks super professional. I would so want to try a piece! I hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day. I spent mine like any other day although I did a spot of themed baking earlier in the month. Sending best wishes for your week! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you so much Helen, so kind of you! That sounds so lovely! :D ♡

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  12. Wow, this pie looks so yummy! I also love everything that's cherry flavoured or scented. Clafoutis is a really good dessert, and this is indeed quite similar - and seems just as good! :D The idea of white chocolate on top is great, even though it made it more difficult to work with. It must have tasted amazing!

    Julia x
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    1. Wow thank you so much Julia! I'm so glad you liked it and thank you for your kind words! :D ♡

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  13. Oh gosh that looks so yummy!

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