Normally on Valentine's Day I would make a decadent dark chocolate dessert of some kind since chocolate is my favorite food group and Valentine's Day is usually all about chocolate. But this year I also wanted to make something red, and the most naturally red things I could think of are cherries. I had been wanting to try out a recipe for a pie crust using coconut oil, so I thought this would be the perfect day to give it a go. And since I want to spend Valentine's evening enjoying the company of the people I love and not working in the kitchen, I figured I could make the pie the centerpiece of dinner (it does have fruit in it!) and serve it with a small selection of cheeses on the side.
The Coconut Oil Pie Crust
came out perfectly and since it is made with 100 % organic whole wheat pastry flour it has health benefits as well. A bit hearty if you are used to white flour pastry, but the coconut flavor is perfect, especially when paired with the cherry filling (would be great with a chocolate pie too!). I did cheat and use a premade cherry pie filling because I found one at my local store that was very basic and had no corn syrup or anything artificial. I decided to mix in some dried cherries and frozen cherries as well to add a bit of texture and it worked perfectly. Not too sweet, not too tart and perfect for an evening meal with my Valentine.
Coconut Oil Pie Crust
1 C. frozen cherries, thawed
1 T. organic cornstarch
24 ounce bag Tap'n Apple cherry pie filling
4 ounce bag of dried tart cherries
Thaw the frozen cherries completely and remove as much moisture as possible. (I put mine in a ziploc bag and squeezed them to get most of the juice out). Mix the thawed cherries with the cornstarch, then mix in the pie filling and the dried cherries. Pour into the pie shell. Cover with the other pie crust, either as one whole piece with slits in the top for the air to vent or decoratively like I did. Bake at 375F for one hour. Let cool completely before serving.
|decorating the top|
|ready for the oven|
|hot from the oven|
|assortment of cheeses I served with the pie|
|Valentine's Day dinner is served!!|
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