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Some special treats


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While perusing the aisles at Aldi last week I noticed they had cans of cherries--both sweet dark ones and sour ones. It had been several years since I have purchased cherries because they are normally out of my price range. The ones at Aldi were much more reasonably priced so I bought a couple of cans and made a cherry pie on Saturday. It was such a treat! Both Rob and I commented that it had been far too long since we had had cherry pie.

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One of my readers asked for the recipe I used, so I am adding it here. It's from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook.

9 Inch Cherry Pie

Pastry for a two crust pie
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour (I actually used Clear Jel)
2 cans (1 pound each) pitted red tart cherries, drained
1/4 tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsps. butter

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Stir together sugar and flour; mix with cherries and add almond extract. Turn into pastry lined pan. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust. Cut slits into top. Seal and flute. Cover edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake pie on lowest oven rack for 35-45 mins. or until crust is brown and filling starts to bubble.

The second special treat of the week was an email from the library telling me that the newest book by Alexander McCall Smith was in. If you have never read any of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels you should head to the library and check them out. The author has a delightful sense of humor and the books are great fun to read. The main character, Precious Ramotswe, is the first female detective in Botswana, Africa. The books do not contain bad language or a lot of violence. The cases that Precious tries to solve are more interpersonal in nature. You can also learn a great deal about the customs and life in Botswana. The book is in high demand at the library since it is new on the market so I can only have it for two weeks but I am trying to read it slowly. Sometimes it's the little things. 🙂

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Have you had any small treats or blessings recently?


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7 Comments on “Some special treats”

  1. #1 Ann B.
    on Nov 4th, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I have always wondered why sour cherries are not usually available around here. You can get the dark ones in frozen foods, but not sour ones. I’ve also been curious to know why they aren’t grown in this area either.

  2. #2 Becka
    on Nov 4th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’ve wondered the same thing Ann. I do know that cherry trees are rather weak kind of like the Bradford Pear trees. Maybe they don’t tolerate heat well or like our acid soil. Any gardeners out there know about cherry trees?

  3. #3 Ann B.
    on Nov 4th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Would you “print” your cherry pie recipe? ????

  4. #4 Becka
    on Nov 4th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Ann, I have added the recipe to the post and will print it here as well.

    9 Inch Cherry Pie

    Pastry for a two crust pie
    1 1/3 cups sugar
    1/3 cup flour (I actually used Clear Jel)
    2 cans (1 pound each) pitted red tart cherries, drained
    1/4 tsp. almond extract
    2 Tbsps. butter

    Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Stir together sugar and flour; mix with cherries and add almond extract. Turn into pastry lined pan. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust. Cut slits into top. Seal and flute. Cover edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake pie on lowest oven rack for 35-45 mins. or until crust is brown and filling starts to bubble.

  5. #5 Ann B.
    on Nov 9th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Thank you!! I plan to get some cherries at Aldi’s and try this recipe!

  6. #6 Marilyn
    on Nov 10th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Cherry pie sounds so good! (It would probably go straight to my hips.) I’m with you on a favourite author, Alexander McCall Smith. I just got the two latest ones yesterday: The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café and Emma. Good reading for my post-operative period.

  7. #7 Deb
    on Nov 10th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I love cherry pie, and yours looks delicious!

    Yes, I had a special treat last week. My husband emailed me mid morning and asked if I’d like to go out to lunch….of course, the answer was yes! He knew I’d had a very taxing week and an especially embarrassing thing happen. As special as the lunch was, I added a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate to increase the blessings. 🙂 Much needed!


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