It's Thanksgiving Day today in Malaysia. Despite the fact that it is not a National Holiday here, Thanksgiving is still celebrated especially amongst the American community here.
This year my Hubby and I were invited by his colleague (an American) to his Thanksgiving Dinner (this is a yearly affair for us). It is tonight and I have been requested by the host to bake a Cherry Pie. Everything was set and the ingredients were bought. However, early this week, Dearest Hubby was informed that he had to attend to an urgent meeting in Beijing. Had to fly off to Beijing, China on Tuesday night and could only be home by Friday. That means... we have to miss the Thanksgiving Dinner. It was so last minute. Felt bad for disappointing the host (especially not being able to bring the Cherry Pie there). Sorry, Miriam and Bill. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving party.
Anyway, since the ingredients are prepared, I decide to go ahead and bake the Cherry Pie. This is my 1st attempt to bake a Cherry Pie (as Cherries are had to come by here). Found this wonderful and extremely easy recipe in Recipezaar called " Best Cherry Pie" This recipe has won a blue ribbon at the county fair in Vicksburg, MS. It turned out well and taste delicious.
Here's the recipe:
Best Cherry Pie (by Luby Luby Kuby, Recipezaar)
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter, softened
2 (14 1/2 oz) cans pitted tart cherries, drained and reserving 1/2cup juice
1/4 tsp red food colouring (I omitted it)
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 tsp lemon juice
short crust pastry for a double crust 9 inch pie
- Preheat oven to 200 degree C
- Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice
- In a bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt
- Mix together cherry juice, food colouring, almond extract and lemon juice in another bowl.
- Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add in cherries and mix well.
- Add in butter and let the mixture stand for 15 minutes.
- Pour the cherry mixture into the pie crust and finish top with lattice pie crush.
- Bake for 50 minutes or till crush is golden.
To those celebrating... Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!