I consider myself a pretty good pie baker.
But we all have “those days” – eh?
This past Sunday, I decided to bake a cherry pie. It’s been quite a while since I got my hands on tart red cherries, so when I found some in the frozen food section at our local supermarket recently, I swooped them up with all good intentions of baking a surprise cherry pie for my guys. Sunday, especially with Fall approaching, is always a good time to have dessert as a special treat.
The simple recipe I found online in a quick search called for using cornstarch as the “thickener.” I typically use flour, but found a box of cornstarch in the back of my spice cabinet and decided to follow the recipe and use it.
I prepared the pie and baked it (10 minutes longer than the recipe called for because the filling was not bubbling out of the slits on top yet – and Grandma always told me a pie is never done until it bubbles over). I decided it had to be done, so removed it from the oven, cooled it, and looked forward to serving it to my guys who had been working hard chopping and splitting and stacking wood in preparation for Fall and winter fires.
Well – the pie filling just didn’t thicken. My guys ate their whole slices like champs, even though they were more like cherry soup topped with crust and vanilla ice cream.
I had a major cherry pie FLOP!
I’m glad I also followed Grandma’s guidance and made cinnamon pie crust treats with the leftover dough that wasn’t needed on the pie. Grandma typically just cut the leftover dough into strips, brushed with milk, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, and baked until brown. I had fun cutting mine out into maple and oak leaves with cookie cutters to make them a little fancier.
The cinnamon pie crust leaves didn’t make it to the next day. Glad something turned out right!
Does cornstarch go bad? Does it loose its “thickening” ability? I must admit it wasn’t sealed very airtight, and what I used was at the very end of the box. Or did I just not bake the pie long enough? I actually put it back in the oven for 15 more minutes after serving the two pieces to my guys wondering if it might thicken up. No luck.
I guess we all have “those days” right?!