This Thanksgiving I made another cherry pie, though I hit a snag or two in my routine. Foodtown no longer carries the sour cherries I normally use. My only option? Pre-mixed pie filling. I didn't know if it tasted good, was sicky sweet, or anything, but time was ticking, so I had to go with it. Also? EIGHT DOLLARS A JAR! What?!?!
I tasted the filling before baking, and was relieved to find it wasn't overly sweet. It was a little thicker/gummier than I like, but there was corn starch in it (something I don't usually add)--I wasn't thrilled with it but it's what I had to work with that day!
I still added my own touches to the pie filling--the usual almond extract and a few splashes of lemon juice before dotting it with butter and putting the crust on it.
My top crust fell apart, so I opted to make a lattice-type crust by freehand (NOT CUTE). It was still tasty, but next year I think I'll stick with the usual double crust and make it work. :)
Somehow along the way I forgot to take a photo of the final product (again!) To be fair, I was also making pecan pie and sweet potato rolls.
ABF likes this even more another day or two or three after I baked it. This year the best I could do was bake it the night before Thanksgiving. Everyone said it was delicious, but I could definitely tell it wasn't as good as the usual pie I bring. Still, it wasn't bad..I just know I can do better!