Natural Cherry Pie Filling–For Hamantaschen!

I love hamantaschen season, but every year when it’s time to make them, I feel terrible opening up the can of artificial cherry pie filling. I keep trying and failing to avoid it. Last year’s use of cherry jam was a sticky, overly-sweet disaster. But last week, in what can only be characterized as fateful timing, I noticed that Trader Joe’s had stocked bags of beautiful frozen cherries. I felt inspired to re-attempt making my own cherry pie filling, and … Continue reading

Pie Crust Cookies

Making pie crust cookies is the best way I know of to put pie crust scraps to use. Here is my favorite pie crust recipe. Once you have your scraps, layer them up into a pile. Use a rolling pin to smoosh down your pile of scraps and roll them out into a sheet. Put the re-rolled pie crust into the fridge to firm up. Keeping the butter in a solid state means that your cookies will be flaky and … Continue reading

Personal Blueberry Pies

I had a pint of blueberries sitting in the fridge after I stocked up on snacks before the Hurricane. Oh, what to do with them? Making individual pies was the only solution, and boy was it a good one. If you have a pint of blueberries loitering in your own kitchen, preheat your oven to 375ºF and get ready to take a bite of heaven! Mix one pint of blueberries together with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, the juice from half … Continue reading