When the wooden hand-painted “Cherries Here” signs start popping up along the country roads, I know that summer is just around the corner. Cherry season is one of my favorites. While nothing beats a bowl of crisp, yet juicy, just-picked local cherries on a warm day, I do enjoy making cherry jam, scones, coulis for vanilla ice cream, and, most importantly, pies!
Cherry pie has long topped my list of favorite desserts. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a house full of homemade treats, particularly pies. My mom made a variety of amazing pies, but whenever given the choice, I would always choose cherry.
Cherry pie will always have a special place in my heart. The nostalgia and the taste are second to none, but over the years I have taken a break from full-size pies to work on creating the perfect hand pie - one that you can eat without utensils, making a crumbly mess, or oozing filling every which way. After many trials and errors, I am happy to report that I think I found it!
This week I picked up cherries from a local farmstand in Loomis. And with those cherries, I am kicking off our summer hand pie series with fresh cherry hand pies. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do as together we anticipate summer’s arrival.