Flaky lattice crust top. Rich cinnamon almond cherry filling. Creamy texture. All this and more was lovingly baked into a pie by my mom.
Carol’s cherry pie is a labor of love – the pie crust must be just right – tender and rich. The filling has to have just the right balance of cinnamon and almond flavor. And the cherries must be tart – sweet cherries will ruin this pie. The texture must be creamy and thick but not too solid. Too much flour will destroy the tang and texture of this pie. And then, the lattice top crust – a labor of love. So it is with Carol’s cherry pie, and so it is with life – a balancing act. Layer upon layer of goodness, and with each layer comes a chance to make things right.
My mom Carol has been a beacon of excellence for us kids in all areas of her life. Whatever Carol does, she does with style and grace and perfection.
I remember one time I had done some dumb teenage thing, and my mom said to me: “You’re better than that.” Those four words have stuck with me all my life. Whenever I am tempted to do something wrong, or halfway, or sloppy, Carol’s words float into my mind: “You’re better than that.” Those words have made me a better person.
The 70’s was a decade of tacky food.
But my mom bucked the trend. This pie is Carol on a plate – classic elegance with a richness and zest for living life at its fullest. And the most important ingredient: love. A love for life, and a love for those of us lucky to be a part of Carol’s life.
This recipe is my holiday gift to you all. It just wouldn’t be Christmas at my house without Carol’s Cherry Pie for dessert!
Love and Joy unto you all this holiday season ~
— posted by Donna