Spicy Upside-Down Cherry Pie with Embossed Hearts
Why wait for Valentine’s Day?
Any day’s a good day to tell someone they’re special, right? So here’s an idea for just that. I enjoyed making the Upside Down Apple Puppy Pie so much, that I had to make this one. I used canned cherries, which were pretty bland, so I spiced them up a little with some balsamic vinegar and cinnamon. If you’re the adventurous type, you could add a touch of finely ground cayenne to heat things up. I used this tart dough recipe:
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup chilled butter, cut into small chunks
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
Thoroughly mix salt, sugar and flour. Cut chilled butter into flour mixture. Add ice water a tablespoon at a time. Roll into a ball and chill for 2 hours.
You’ll also need:
Kaleidoscope Heart Mold
Can of cherry pie filling
1-3 tsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
I used the Kaleidoscope Heart Mold and baked the pie in it. If you wanted the embossed look but wanted to use a special pan, you could always use it as a topper for your top crust only. Directions for that can be found on the Strawberry Butterfly Topper Pie post.
Divide your dough roughly in half. Roll out a circle of dough large enough to fit in the mold (Gauge this by putting mold upside-down over dough, there should be extra dough all around).
Press dough into mold, being sure to press completely into the design. Press up along sides.
(Optionally) Add balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon at a time, to taste and a dash of cinnamon and to one can of cherry pie filling.
Fill mold with cherry pie filling.
Roll top crust large enough to fit mold, place on top of filling and crimp edges of top and bottom crust together.
When crusts are sealed, cut small vents in top center of pie.
Bake pie at 350 degrees F /180 degrees C / Gas mark 4 for about an hour. Pie is done when filling begins to bubble out and crust has browned.
When pie has cooled, place serving plate over mold, invert plate and mold together and gently remove mold from pie.
For more ideas, visit “12 Ways to use your Kaleidoscope Heart Mold” on the ZANDA PANDA website.