Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Beach House Baking and the Windswept Cherry Pie

I have a treat for you today.  I am sharing a recipe from this new cookbook Beach House Baking by Chef Lei Shishak.  Every now and then I find a cookbook I would like to cook my way through and this cookbook is one of those.  The recipes are perfect for summer and easy living.  Chef Shishak is a trained CIA pastry chef who created these recipes from her Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente, California.

The fresh cherries just arrived at our grocery this week so I picked the "Windswept Cherry Pie," to bake for you today. 

Here is the Sweet Butter Crust made from scratch.  This is a wonderful flaky pastry dough that browns nicely in the oven.  This recipe is for a single pastry crust, for a two crust pie just double it.

Sweet Butter Crust

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, very cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 1/2 tablespoons ice cold water

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, and salt.  Add the cold cubed butter.  Mix on low to medium speed until butter is broken down to pea size, about 1 minute.  Add the cold water all at once and mix until the dough comes together, about 15 seconds.  Remove dough from the mixer and gently shape it into a disc with your hands.  You will be able to see bits of the butter in the dough.  Wrap the disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.  Freeze for longer storage.  
Remove dough from the refrigerator.  Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick.  Place crust into a 9-inch pie plate.  Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.  For a single pie crust use kitchen scissors to trim the dough leaving a 1/2-inch overhang.  Fold overhang over to be flush with the pie plate.  Flute as desired.
Makes a one 9-inch crust.

Windswept Cherry Pie

1 Sweet Butter Crust
1 cup cherry cola
2 pounds dark cherries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Make 1 Sweet Butter Crust.  Roll out the dough over a 9-inch pie dish and crimp the edges.  Poke holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork.  Place in the refrigerator while you make the filling.

Filling:  In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the cherry cola to a medium boil. Continue cooking the cola until it is reduced by half.  Let the cola cool in refrigerator while you pit the cherries.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the reduce cola, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over low-medium heat whisking continuously.  Add the pitted cherries and continue cooking until mixture is thickened and shiny, about two minutes.  Transfer to a clean bowl and fold in the almond extract.  Set aside while you make the oat topping.

Almond Streusel Topping

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Make almond Streusel:  Mix together the flour oats, brown sugar, and almonds in a medium bowl.  Add the butter and toss the entire mixture gently with your hands until the butter is incorporated.  The mixture will resemble loose cookie dough. 

Remove the prepared pie crust from the refrigerator.  Pour the cherry filling into the shell. Sprinkle the streusel over the filling.  Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the filling bubbles and streusel is golden brown.  Let cool completely before serving.

I omitted the sliced almonds in the streusel topping, my family doesn't like the nuts in most baked goods.  The pie turned out beautifully!  The family enjoyed it and many had seconds.

Here I garnished it with a teaspoon of whip cream a dark cherry.  

So for tea today a treat of Windswept Cherry Pie with fresh cherries.  The teacup and the starfish shaped serving plate are by Blue Sky.  

Recipes reprinted with permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
A copy of this cookbook was provided to me for this review.

Beach House Baking is available now from Skyhorse Publishing. 

I will link this to:
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Encouraging Homemakers Link Party at Living From Glory to Glory  
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party
Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Creative Ways link party at Posed Perfection
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an E
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
What I Made Yesterdayat Oh! My Heartsie Girl
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations

Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party


Tea in Texas said...

What a wonderful way to share tea and enjoy the beginning of summer! Your cookbook has a beautiful cover and the recipe sounds terrific. Your photo of the pie is so perfect you are very talented in baking. The beautiful starfish tea set is lovely with the tempting piece of pie. Have a great week!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Yum! My, this cherry pie does look good, Sherry! The starfish tea things are cute for this time of year. My family doesn't care for nuts in baked goods either. The cook book sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing and coming to tea. Have a beautiful day.


Snap said...

Your wonderful ocean themed teacup surely goes with Beach House baking! I love cherries and especially cherry pie! Happy Tea Day!

Leslie said...

Oooh, delicious looking! I've never had a streusel topped cherry pie, but it looks and sounds divine! Thanks for sharing:)

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Thanks so much for the recipe! I love cherry pie! Your seaside teacup is so cute, perfect for summer days.
Hugs, Nancy

Bernideen said...

Boy that looks picture perfect! Wonderful baking - I love it!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks YUMMY! I've pinned!

Carolyn said...

Love it! The pie looks so good and I love the beach theme.


Antiques And Teacups said...

Love your post! The coastal teacup is so cute! Looks like a fab cookbook, and your tutorial is great! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

The starfish plates are adorable. They would fit in my kitchen perfectly!

Mary said...

Perfectly delicious Sherry, especially served with your shells and starfish plate! ♥

a quiet life said...

such gorgeous styling~

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

this looks too good to eat but if I was there and you twisted my arm, I'd have a slice! :)

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

I am so PINning this! Cherry is my favorite...

Can't wait to try it and thanks so much for linking up at the Table It Link party and hope you got some good traffic out of it!

Karren Haller said...

What a delicious looking pie, making my mouth water. I love things made with crumbs!! Thanks for stopping by this week. Enjoy your weekend!!

Unknown said...

I love the starfished shaped plates and saucers as much as I love this recipe I think!
They're just beautiful!

Sarah said...

I may need to make a cherry pie. This looks so delicious!

KathyB. said...

Cherry pie, my favorite , with something special added. I am going to have to try this pie for sure ! Cherry pie and the beach speaks SUMMER !

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Scrumptious! Cherry pie, my favorite!Love the presentation! The starfish plates and cup are sooo adorable:)~hugs, Poppy

Kathy said...

I'll have to look for this cookbook - scrumptious pie, Sherry - gorgeous photos - I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

Lou Lou Girls said...

This looks so good! Pinned! Thanks for being a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

This looks delicious Sherry! I love cherries. The presentation on the starfish dish is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

I love baking pies, Sherry, but I've never baked a cherry pie. This looks amazing! Pinned!! And I'll be featuring it on Project Inspired{d}'s Extraordinary Inspiration for Your Weekend.