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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I just LOVE 
because of ALL desserts on the planet,

is just about my very favorite.

A regular pie

these little POCKET PIES.

When I make a fruit pie, I never, EVER use the 
For my cherry pies, I use the OREGON TART CHERRIES
and the BEST recipe is on the inside of the label.

1/2 - 3/4 cup  SUGAR
3 tablespoons CORNSTARCH
2 cans Oregon Red Tart CHERRIES
1/4 teaspoon ALMOND EXTRACT (optional but I ALWAYS add it)
1 tablespoon butter
2 crusts for a 9 inch pie.
Preheat 400 degree oven. 
Drain cherries and reserve the juice from ONLY ONE CAN.
In a saucepan, stir the cherry juice into the combined mixture of the cornstarch and sugar.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Gently stir in cherries and almond extract. Pour filling into pasty lined pie pan. Dot with butter. Adjust crust, seal and vent.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is nicely browned and cherry juice is bubbly.

Let pie cool before cutting to give the juice time to thicken up.

I use my little BLUEBIRD of HAPPINESS vent but you can just slit in several places on crust or cut a small hole in the center for venting....

I get so tickled when I make a photo like this 'cause it looks like a
REAL baby bird waiting for his mama to feed him. :)


Cute fruit or veggie cans can make the cutest containers for flowers or plants...

 .....and, remember, if you don't have the time to MAKE a pie to eat and share with family and friends,
have delicious pies that would be fabulous with

a scoop of COFFEE  ICE CREAM....
OR you can do as I do and have a 
SCOOP OF EACH.....ummmmm

I don't know about YOU but I am thrilled to death that there's such a thing as a DELICIOUS
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Sarah said...

Yummy! I'll have a slice with the ice cream on the side. Haven't made us a pie..........just yet! ;-)

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Hi bj, I love those tart cherries too, when I make mine I use one can of those and one can of cherry pie filling...wowo what a wonderful mixture, the cherries are different colors and each has something to bring to the pie...tart and sweet, and looks sensational...Love your birdie, so vintage so so sweet...phyllis

Blondie's Journal said...

I am a toss up between cherry and apple pie. Either way, what a great thing to celebrate!


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This one slipped up on me!'s a good thing. We had pizza pie for dinner....does that count?


Beth said...

The pie looks luscious! Thank you for the recipe!

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Happy Belated Birthday, BJ!
I do not use canned pie filling either, and that is a great idea for cherry pie!

Gina said...

Yum, yum, yum! As if the pie doesn't look good enough, you used the cans in the cutest way!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Great blog BJ - I also love pies too.
I will be following your blog. I'm new to blogland.


Oh sweet lady...I ADORE ALL PIES!! I'm looking at to much yummy food..I need to look at something else, lol!! Great way for celebrating! Big hugs,

NanaDiana said...

I never knew about National Pie Day until I heard it from you! lol I use those same cherries and that same recipe. However, as much as I LOVE my coffee I do not like coffee flavored ice cream- weird but I would have my own with a bit of vanilla bean ice cream, please....IF I were eating pie, that is!;>)

Hope you have a great night- xo Diana

Amelia said...

Me too on loving cherry pies...I found this brand of cherries on sale at Wal-mart several weeks ago for 25 cents per can...can you believe that low price...cans not dented and still had a long shelf life. I bought 15 cans...also they had blueberries for 25 cents per can...they only had 6 and I bought all 6. I do love bargains like that. Enjoy your pie!

Vee said...

Love your little pie bird. Wonder what kind of pie I could make for National Pie Day...a very small one that's for sure...I'm thinking.

arkie said...

Lovely pie! I love cherry pies, especially with lots of cherries and homemade crust!

LV said...

I love and enjoy all pies. No doubt you are the best and happiest cook around. I quit buying Blue Bell as I was eating too much. Now I just go and get me a "dip" now and then. I have just go to find a way to get your leftovers, should there be any.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I haven't had cherry pie in forever! Gonna keep my eyes open for a sale on cherries and I will be back to this post when I make the pie. Happy Pie Day BJ-enjoy:@)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Now I've gotta make me a cherry pie! Thanks for the tip on using those cherries. I buy my cherry pies at the farmers market in the summer, and she mixes three types of cherries in every pie, and it is heavenly!

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Finally, a holiday I can actually get my teeth into! Pie is my favorite dessert, too. Any kind of pie, every kind of pie. I have never decided which kind is my favorite, I guess it is whatever kind I am eating at the moment. That sounds like a great recipe, and I love your little pie bird.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Your cherry pie looks delicious! I wish I had some right now with my morning coffee, you know to celebrate the day of course! Cute little birdie too!

Patty Patterson said...

I didn't know there was a national pie day! Boy! I've been missing out.

Theresa said...

I just ordered a pie bird from Amazon! My favorite pie is coconut cream... YUMMMMMMM! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Sue said...

Cherry pie is one of our favorite pies, so is lemon, chocolate, pecan, pumpkin, coconut. I guess by now you know I am a pie eater. ~smile~ I am also happy to know there is a National Pie Day, If I wasn't battling a very bad cold today, I might would have joined, thanks for sharing, and like you I don't use pie fillings, there is nothing like the real deal.

Rian said...

I actually can't imagine anyone not liking pie... Dark Chocolate Cream pie is my favorite, with Custard and or Chess/Lemon Chess next in line. But I also like a home-made apple pie with cheddar cheese on top... and DH's favorite is Coconut Cream.

Happy Pie Day!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

National Pie Day, huh? Well, that certainly gives me a good excuse!!! Your recipe sounds really good, and most importantly... easy! I'd have to have Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla with the pie, but I'm going to look for the Mexican Praline! Anything to do with pralines is fabulous!

Beverly said...

I knew you would be recognizing National Pie Day with flair. Yum! I want some.

Madeline's Album said...

Happy National Pie Day to you. Your pie sounds delicious and very easy to make. Love your little vent bird it does look like he is waiting for him mom to feet him. Have a blessed day. Madeline

On Crooked Creek said...

Cherry pie was my late neighbor's favorite!!! I baked him a Cherry Pie several times during the year while he was still living! Now, as for me, dear friend...I prefer soft pies! But since it's Pie Day...I guess what type doesn't matter. EnJOY your Cherry Pie, dear friend!!!

craftyles said...

My son is the pie maker around here and he made a homemade apple pie. The cherry sounds good too.

Debby said...

I would love a gluten free pie crust. My favorite used to be cherry. My grandmother used to make a cracker pie and it was so yummy. Have you ever heard of that?

Kaye Swain said...

DeLISH! My fave is pumpkin pie, but cherry is right up at the top too. Tho, I have to confess, gasp....I'm currently hooked on Chocolate fudge brownie frozen yogurt. A bit healthier for me. :) BUT when I eat out, once in a while, I do get to indulge in pie and during the non-harvest season, cherry is definitely top of my list. :) Thanks for a delightful and delicious visit.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Good heavens, but I do love your blog! *sigh*

Kathleen Grace said...

What!? I missed pie day!? Oh for the love of Pete. Why isn't that on my calendar?
I love apple/berry pie. Or just plain apple, or lemon meringue, and blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb, have you ever had that?
Maybe pecan? Peanut butter? Cherry of course....oh, I just can't choose. Have a bite for me sweet BJ:>P

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

I love cherry pie, and my first favorite is lemon meringue! Happy pie week!


Brenda said...

Y U M ! ! ! Cherry Pie is my FAVORITE too!! :) This recipe sounds delicious!!

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Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi bj! I made cherry pie for my post too!!! I must say, though, yours looks much much better! I wanted to put the almond extract in mine but somehow it had disappeared from the pantry, probably used up at Christmas time and not replaced. Your little birdie is a tweetie sweetie! Linda

Treatntrick Treat and Trick said...

I love pie too and yours looks great with cherry!

Audrey said...

Cherry is the favorite pie for Mr.Z ... not me so much. Your pie looks so good and makes me want to bake one. Most of the time, I take the easy way out and use the frozen ones.
Have a great day bj.......
Audrey Z
Timeless Treasures

SweetPepperRose said...

I love pies as well, blueberry being my favorite. I need to keep up with the National days better!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It does look yummy! I have a sweet tooth and I love pie!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I've been trying to eat healthier and while I haven't cut out sweets all together (I couldn't possibly), I have cut them down to just little bits a day. So...I could actually eat your entire pie!! A nice cup of coffee, a little ice cream and a whole cherry pie...yup! Sounds perfect!

kitty said...

I missed pie day, but I did make my honey a homemade pizza pie!! I sure would love a slice of your wonderful looking cherry pie. I don't even need ice cream on top.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I love pie too but my cholesterol doesn't, unfortunately. My fav ice cream in the whole world is Praline! Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful weekend.