I inherited some pie cherries from my mother-in-law a couple of days ago that were begging to be made into a pie. I'm not the most expert pie-maker, but have had pretty decent luck in the past. I'm beginning to think it was beginners luck! Making pie crusts is an art, I've decided... one that does not come naturally to me!
Last night I had it all rolled out and was patting myself on the back for how pretty it looked!! I had used a small cookie cutter to cut four little hearts for venting and decoration and it looked prefect laying there on the counter. I started transferring it to the waiting pie and just as I had the shell over the top of the pie, it came apart in about five pieces.... argh!!!!!! It's a lot harder to salvage when it actually lands on the pie and has filling all over the one side. If it had happened en-route, I probably would have just crumpled it into a ball and started over (even though I know it makes the crust "tougher"...)! But, that's not really an option with cherry filling all over it... so I salvaged it the best I could.
It's one of the uglier pies that I've made, but I'm amazed at how much baking disguises the imperfections... and simply the fact that it is a pie... here's to hoping it tastes better than it looks though!
I used the following two recipes for the pie:
Sylvia's Perfect Pie Crust from Pioneer Woman
Cherry Pie IV Recipe from AllRecipes.com (only the pie recipe)