A Saturday Night Movie and Cherry Pie

 
Baking
Well, it’s just past 2AM, or should I say 3AM, since the time just moved forward for daylight savings, and here I am trying to post my first blog.  Or, is that blog my first post?  Of course, this reminds me of the song by Anna Nalick, Breathe (2AM).
Breathe (2AM) (by Anna Nalick)
2 AM and she calls me ’cause I’m still awake,
“Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?,
I don’t love him. Winter just wasn’t my season”
Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize,
Hypocrites. You’re all here for the very same reason
‘Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe
May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
“Just a day” he said down to the flask in his fist,
“Ain’t been sober, since maybe October of last year.”
Here in town you can tell he’s been down for a while,
But, my God, it’s so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I’ll just sing about it.
Cause you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button, boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe… just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe
There’s a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout ’cause you’re just as far in as you’ll ever be out
And these mistakes you’ve made, you’ll just make them again
If you only try turning around.2 AM and I’m still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it’s no longer inside of me,
Threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you’ll use them, however you want to
But you can’t jump the track, we’re like cars on a cable,
And life’s like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
and breathe, just breathe
woah breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe.

Okay, I’m breathing.

Anyway, I went to a movie tonight, or last night, after a long “I’ve stopped going to the movies” period, and of course it involved a cherry pie scene, so how better to start my blog than to show you how I made my first cherry pie for a lovely and rather large dinner gathering a few years ago.  Well, for my tiny two bedroom two bath condo with a loft, 15 was large and quite cramped, indeed, but a lovely gathering, nonetheless.  As any decent attorney would, I memorialized this remarkable pie-making event with photos capturing the evidence that I, in fact, made a lattice-topped cherry pie in my very own kitchen just hours before the guests arrived, a mighty feat for an amateur pie-maker.  Since, however, we don’t have smell-o-vision, I can’t describe for you  the wonderful aroma of sheer pie that wafted through my kitchen and home that evening.  And, that was the best part of it all!!!  Well, it’s way past 2AM, and I’m sitting on the couch contemplating getting this first post up on my blog, or should I say, I’m sitting on a citadel contemplating life.  Once again, an Anna Nalick song pops into my head, Citadel.

 
Citadel (by Anna Nalick)
I’m sitting on a citadel
Contemplating life
Making a point to waste my time
Im walking on clouds of white

What if I fall
What if I don’t
What if I never make it home
What if I bleed
What if I break
And I find that I can’t take
The city below
The citadel holding my own hand?

And I’m breaking on the balcony
Breaking window panes
Im killing the pain of broken hearts
I’m walking on clouds
I’m walking on stars

What if I fall
What if I don’t
What if I never make it home
What if I bleed
What if I break
And I find that I can’t take
The city below
The citadel holding my own hand

Holding on to something
That’s keeping me from jumping
So afraid to go it alone
And holding up this fortress
With imaginary forces
Longing for a life down below

What if I fall?
What if I don’t?
What if I never make it home?
What if I bleed?
What if I break?
And I find that I can’t take
The city below
The citadel holding my own hand?
Yeah the city below
The citadel holding my hand

Let’s make pie!!  

Before I go on, though, have you figured out which top ten weekend movie I saw Saturday night that had a cherry pie scene?  Here are the weekend (March 8-10) results for top box office movies that might help you guess:  (Just click on the link below.)

Box Office Mojo Weekend Chart

Moving on to citadels, luckily, the living room couch is my citadel at the moment as I’m holding on to my laptop!  I’m going to show you how I made the pie, mostly with a series of photos, and some directions, since lattice-making is best demonstrated and understood, visually.

Recipe: Lattice-topped Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

To start on my cherry pie filling, I modified a recipe that my friend and highschool classmate, Karen, suggested,  “Lattice-Topped Triple Cherry Pie” on Epicurious.Com.  I didn’t add a Star Anise, and I used nutmeg and cinnamon powder, not the whole nutmeg or cinnamon suggested.  Karen said that the jar of dark Morello cherries in light syrup was available at Trader Joe’s and was amazing, but I didn’t have the time to get that ingredient.  I also didn’t add the dry tart cherries.  I substituted a can of cherry pie filling for the Morello and dry tart cherries.  For the pound of fresh Bing cherries, I substituted one bag of frozen pitted dark cherries as seen here.  I added 2 Tbsp. cornstarch shaken with a little cold water.  Cook Cherry Pie filling mixture..

Cherry Pie

Cook covered on medium-low.

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Bottom layer pie crust..leave no air bubbles.

Cherry Pie

Continue making cherry pie filling..add a can of cherry pie filling..cook some more..

Cherry PieCherry Pie

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

 

 

 

Pour pie filling into mixing bowl and let cool.

Cherry Pie

Measure .75 inch for pie crust strips.

Lattice

Cut 10 even strips with pizza cutter and straight edge.

Pour cooled pie filling into crust and even it out.

Lattice

Cut pie crust strips for lattice.  Making Lattice-Top Pie..step 1.

Lattice

Karen also suggested an excellent tutorial on making a lattice-top for your pie that I followed.

http://www.finecooking.com/articles/making-lattice-top-fruit-pies.aspx

Making Lattice-Top Pie..step 2.

Lattice

Making Lattice-Top Pie..step 3.

Lattice

Making Lattice-Top Pie..step 4.

Lattice

Making Lattice-Top Pie..step 5.

Lattice

Brush crust with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar..bake.

Baking

Bake pie at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Open oven and cover edges with foil..350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Baking

Baking

Lattice-Top Cherry Pie on cooling rack.

Cooling

Enjoy a Slice of Cherry Pie for your Sunday Dessert!!

 

 

Coincidentally, National Pi (or Pie) day is coming up on March 14, 2013.

Pi Day 2013 (Huffington Post)

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Selvi says:

    Yum! Looks delicious!

  • Vasantha Bala says:

    Fantastic.The poems and the series of pictures showing the steps of making pie is wonderful.Glad to see you doing something you really like and enjoy doing.
    Best wishes and Congrats.
    Love,
    Mom

  • Maryam says:

    Wow! Amazing…what a perfect combination of delicious food and insightful and beautiful poetry! Bravo girlfriend:)

  • Vikram Ravi says:

    Nice pie and thoughts. Keep it up, Mommy!

  • ken brilliant says:

    Ah Sunflower, weary of Time
    who countest the steps of the Sun
    Seeking after that sweet golden clime
    where the traveler’s journey is done.

    Where the youth pined away with Desire
    and the white virgin shrouded in Snow
    Arise from their graves and aspire
    Where my Sunflower wishes to go.

    { I love Wm. Blake!}
    – ken brilliant

    • admin says:

      Ken, thanks for the William Blake! I guess cherry pie can be very inspiring and get one thinking poetic.:) Here’s one:

      To see the world in a grain of sand
      And Heaven on a wildflower
      Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
      And eternity in an hour

      -by William Blake

  • Karen says:

    Yay!!! So glad you loved the recipe — it looks delicious! (When are they going to get scent-o-rama on the Internet??) Love your blog and love that you’re sharing your passion with all of us!

  • 手機殼 says:

    手機殼…

    Thank a person for submitting this, it was unbelieveably helpful and produced it easier for me a lot…

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