Saturday, May 19, 2012

Old Glory Pie

As Americans  we very often celebrate Memorial Day as a family with a picnic.  This pie would be a wonderful addition to any Memorial Day Picnic.   When we celebrate we are reminded of those who served and gave of themselves to keep this world free of tyranny.  We always remember that the price of war is not cheap. That war should always be a last resort in overcoming the tyrant who robs people of their freedom.

Great for Memorial Day or Independence Day

  • 3 can(s) (21 oz each) cherry pie filling
  • 1 can(s) (21 oz) blueberry pie filling
  • 1 large egg , slightly beaten in a cup
  • 3 tablespoon(s) sanding or coarse (crystal) sugar
  • You also need: 1 1/2- to 2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter 
  • Plain Pastry or Pie Dough
    1 1/4 cups of flour
    1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon of salt

    1/3 to 1/2 cup of shortening
    1/3 to 1/2 cup of ice cold water

    Sift flour, salt and baking powder together; work shortening into the flour wit a fork or rub in very lightly with tips of fingers(the less it is handled the better). Add cold water very slowly enough to hold dough together, (do not work or knead dough). Divide in halves; roll out part thin on floured board or parchment paper,  and use for bottom crust. Fit into a 9-in. pie plate, letting edges overhang. Drain 1 can cherry pie filling, combine in a bowl with remaining 2 cans cherry pie filling.

  •  Next
  • Bend a clean 6-in. square of cardboard in middle forming a wedge. Place in upper left corner of pie (like hands of a clock pointing to 9 and 12). Fill with blueberry pie filling. Spoon cherry pie filling into rest of pie. Lift out cardboard.
  • Roll other pastry round into a 10-in. circle. With a pastry wheel or sharp knife, cut round in five 1/2-in.-wide strips. With cookie cutter, cut 5 or 6 stars from rest of pastry. Brush strips and stars with beaten egg;sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  • Heat oven to 425°F. Starting in middle of pie, carefully place three longstrips, evenly spaced, across filling toward bottom edge. Cut remaining 2 strips into 4-in.-long pieces. Lay over cherry filling on upper right corner.Press ends of strips into edge of crust. Roll overhang of bottom crust up over ends of strips to form an even rim. Flute or crimp rim. Brush rim with beaten egg; sprinkle with sugar. Place stars on upper left corner of pie.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F; bake 25 to 30 minutes longer until pastry is golden brown and filling bubbles. Place on wire rack and cool completely.
  • My granddaughter Lilyanna's class last years singing We Are Americans: 
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