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Cherry Potpies

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Potpies don’t have to be savory. They make adorable desserts, and are a lot easier to put together than a large pie — there’s no need to line the bottom of a pan or worry about excess liquid, as when you slice into a pie. These cherry potpies are wonderful, especially if you can get your hands on a basket of fresh sour cherries.

This recipe calls for jarred cherries, but if you’re using fresh ones, follow these steps: stem and pit the cherries, then simmer them in a saucepan over medium-low heat for a few minutes to release some of the juices, which you can then use as directed in the recipe.

 

Cherry Potpies

1 batch Flaky Pie Dough for single crust (recipe below)

2 large jars (24 oz./750 g. each) sour cherries in juice or light syrup ( you should have about 3 heaping cups of cherries without juice)

1/4 cup (1 1/2 oz./45 g.) all-purpose flour

2/3 cup (5 oz./155 g.) granulated sugar

1 large egg, well beaten with about 1 tsp. water

Turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Vanilla ice cream for serving

Prepare the flaky pie dough and chill as directed.

Drain the cherries, saving about 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml.) of the juice. Put the cherries in a bowl. In a small bowl, mix the reserved juice with the flour and strain over the cherries. Stir in the granulated sugar. Divide the cherries and juice among four 1-cup (8-fl. oz./250-ml.) ramekins.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a circle about 1/8 inch (3 mm.) thick. Cut out 4 rounds of dough, each about 1/2 inch (12 mm.) larger than the diameter of the ramekins. Place a dough round on top of each ramekin and press the edges down over the rim to secure. Cut a few vents in the dough. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if desired.

Place the ramekins on the prepared pan and bake until the crust is golden and the cherry juices are bubbling, 35-40 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Serve the potpies topped with scoops of ice cream. Makes 4 potpies.

 

Flaky Pie Dough

1 1/4 cups (6 1/2 oz./200 g.) all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. sugar

7 Tbs. (3 1/2 oz./105 g.) very cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

5 Tbs. (3 fl. oz./80 ml.) ice water, plus more if needed

In the bowl of a food processor, stir together the flour, salt, and sugar, if using. Sprinkle the butter over the top and pulse for a few seconds, or just until the butter is slightly broken into the flour but still in visible pieces. Evenly sprinkle the water over the flour mixture, then process just until the mixture starts to come together.

Dump the dough into a large lock-top plastic bag, and press into a flat disk. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes or up to 1 day, or freeze for up to 1 month. Makes enough for one 9-inch (23-cm.) pie or tart.

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Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti with Almonds

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Biscotti are one of those treats you see in a glass jar on the counter in a café or in the display case in a
bakery but may not consider making at home. They’re actually quite easy to make, and they store well.
Biscotti are forgiving, too, since they are meant to be hard, inviting dips into coffee, tea, milk or dessert wine.

 

Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti with Almonds

1/2 cup (2 1/2 oz./75 g) slivered blanched almonds

3/4 cup (4 1/2 oz./140 g) unsweetened dried cherries

3 Tbs. kirsch

2 3/4 cups (14 oz./440 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/4 cup (3/4 oz./20 g) unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

3 large eggs

1 cup (8 oz./250 g) sugar

1 tsp. pure almond extract

6 oz. (185 g) semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped

 

Preheat an oven to 325°F (165°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

 

In a small, dry frying pan, toast the almonds over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Pour onto a plate to cool. Set aside.

 

In a small bowl, combine the cherries and kirsch and toss to coat the cherries. Set aside.

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and almond extract until well blended and lightened in color. Add the flour
mixture and chocolate and beat until a dough forms. Drain the cherries. Scatter the cherries and almonds on top of the dough and fold in until evenly distributed.

 

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide in half. Shape each portion into a
flattish log about 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, 8 inches (20 cm) long, and 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Arrange the 2 dough logs on 1 of the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of space around them on all sides.

 

Bake until firm to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the pan on a wire rack until cool enough to handle, then transfer to a large cutting board. Using a large serrated knife, using a gentle sawing motion, cut the logs crosswise on a slight diagonal into slices about 1/2 inch (12 mm) wide.

 

Divide the biscotti between the 2 baking sheets, arranging them on a cut side. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn over the biscotti and continue to bake until dry to the touch, about 10 minutes longer. Let cool on the pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

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Best of the Web: Tomatoes

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It’s August, and tomato season is in full swing! All around the web, bloggers are roasting, pureeing, chopping and tossing their way to beautiful tomato-centric dishes we’re dying to try. Here’s a taste of some of our favorites.

 

Pesto + Roasted Tomato OmeletPesto + Roasted Tomato Omelet by Edible Perspective
Lightly charred tomatoes and nutty, cheese pesto make a tempting omelet filling. We’ve bookmarked this one for brunch!
Strawberry and Tomato JamStrawberry and Tomato Jam by Larder Love
A little sweet, a little savory — this jam is begging to be spread on toast and scones, and it’s pretty enough to earn a spot on a cheese plate.
Heirloom Tomato BruschettaHeirloom Tomato Bruschetta by A House in the Hills
Recipes don’t get much simpler than this. But with tomatoes at their most flavorful, why mess with a classic? Plus, we love the idea of using yellow tomatoes for something unexpected.
Summer Gazpacho with ShrimpSummer Gazpacho with Shrimp by Eat, Live, Run
This quick summer soup turns into a full meal with a topping of sauteed shrimp. Perfect for a weeknight!
Corn Tomato Avocado Salsa SaladCorn Tomato Avocado Salsa Salad by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
This colorful mix can be whatever you want it to be: a dip for chips, a topping for fish or chicken, or a side salad.
Slow-Roasted Tomato and Cilantro-Cashew Picnic SandwichSlow-Roasted Tomato and Cilantro-Cashew Picnic Sandwich by Aida Mollenkamp
Here’s the centerpiece of our next picnic: a seeded baguette filled with concentrated roasted tomatoes, a spicy cashew-cilantro puree, and plenty of fresh goat cheese.
Roasted Cherry Tomato BowlsRoasted Cherry Tomato Bowls by Love & Lemons
Cook grains and beans to have on hand during the week, and these simple, healthy bowls come together in no time! With greens and warm cherry tomatoes, they’d make a gorgeous lunch or dinner.
Grilled Steak with Arugula and Cherry Tomato and Basil SalsaGrilled Steak with Arugula and Cherry Tomato and Basil Salsa by Heather Christo
This dish is perfect for your next cookout. Juicy grilled steak sits atop a bed of peppery arugula, with fresh cherry tomatoes and sharp red onions for flavor and color.
Tomato and Summer Squash CobblerTomato and Summer Squash Cobbler by Healthy Green Kitchen
A savory cobbler is just the thing to mix up your summer veggie routine. We’re smitten by this version, featuring ripe tomatoes and a mix of zucchini and squash.
Lemon-Garlic Zucchini Noodles with Roasted TomatoesLemon-Garlic Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes by Oh My Veggies
It’s no secret we love our spiralizer. Here’s a lovely light dish for summer, starring long strands of zucchini tossed with a lemon-garlic vinaigrette and topped with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts.
Heirloom Tomato GaletteHeirloom Tomato Galette by the White On Rice Couple
Impress guests with this rustic, eye-catching tart, great as an hors d’oeuvre, side dish, or — when paired with a salad — a light meal.
One Pot 30 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta BakeOne Pot 30 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake by Half Baked Harvest
It’s creamy, cheesy and tomato-y, and it comes together in a single skillet. What’s not to love?
Vanilla Cornmeal Crumb Cake with Candied Cherry TomatoesVanilla Cornmeal Crumb Cake with Candied Cherry Tomatoes by How Sweet It Is
That’s right: candied tomatoes. These little bites are dusted with sugar and roasted until sweet, then served with a cornbread-style cake. Make it dessert, breakfast, brunch — or whenever you need a bite of summer.