This story probably actually starts a few years ago. My aunt has a cherry tree that is very prolific.
So my grandma, my aunt and I spent an entire afternoon pitting cherries. We enjoyed each other’s company and really had a great time despite the work.
In the end we each had bright red fingers and enough cherries for a pie. There is something about fresh cherries that you worked so hard for that makes the pie taste all that much better.
That day we used one of my aunt’s favorite recipes that uses instant tapioca. I will definitely have to get that from her and share it sometime.
Fast forward a couple years to last November. I was away for a week doing some training for my new job the week before Thanksgiving.
I got a text from my aunt saying she had some delicious cherries from that tree in her freezer. She was hoping I could help coax them into a pie for our Thanksgiving celebration at grandma’s. Of course I could!!
I was a little worried about using the frozen berries, because I wasn’t sure how the moisture content would differ. As I defrosted them my worries got even greater as they released a lot of juice.
This worried me for two reasons. First I didn’t want the juices to create a soggy bottom on my pie. I also didn’t want to end up with an overly soupy pie.
However I didn’t want to dump the juices and get rid of all of that good flavor. So I decided to precook the filling a bit so I could better control the final result.
It actually worked out pretty perfectly. I was able to keep all of the flavor and adjust the final product as needed.
Luckily my initial ratios of cornstarch to cherries worked great, but if you need to add a bit more cornstarch as the cooking process goes on you could easily add a teaspoon at a time mixed in just a little bit of cold water. Allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes before you decide if it is thick enough.
So you may be wondering what took me so long to share this if I made in in November. Well, after Thanksgiving came the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.
You know how it gets, things get busy and everything happens and next thing you know a few months go by and it hasn’t been posted. But it seems cherry season will be rolling back around sooner rather than later, so why not post it now? Better late than never, right?!