I was inspired to make Cherry Pie by the mouthwatering pictures on Ari Cooks "Welcoming July with Sour Cherry Pie." However, I needed something a bit easier and with less fat than traditional pie crusts. (We can pretend it was for health reasons, but I also was restrained by only having one spoonful of margarine left in the fridge.)
For the filling you will need:
- 3-4 cups clean pitted cherries, halved, or other seasonal fruit cut in small pieces. (I added three red plums.)
- 1/2 - 3/4 cups sugar
- 1-2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- A small pot
1. Heat ingredients on the stove until fruit softens and sugar bubbles and starts to caramelize on the edges of the pot. Mix continuously.
2. While cherries start to cook, start crust. I started with 2 cups of whole walnuts in my food processor, but you can start with any ground nut and mix by hand. Mix:
- 1.5 - 2 cups finely chopped walnuts
- 1.5 - 2 cups oats (whole or quick cooking oats are fine, avoid instant oats.)
4. Add to the remaining "crust" mixture:
- about 3 Tbs oil and/or margarine/butter
- about 3 Tbs sugar or other sweetener
- cinnamon to taste
6. Top with the sweetened crust crumble.
7. Bake 375 F or 170 C until the topping is golden brown.
You may also enjoy Thanksgiving: Crusts and Crumbles and Fig Marmalade Pie with Low-fat Crust and Lavender Sugar.