An old-school, totally unpretentious, fairly simple, grandma’s style Sour Cherry Pie that smells and tastes just oh-my-God.
Growing up in Macedonia meant eating
exclusively, or le’ me just scratch that, mostly traditional home-cooked meals and dishes and whatnot (like this eggplant dip I shared previous week). Actually, many older folks (like my grandparents and that generation) used to “produce” their own food. But, not just planting fruits and veggies, people, no no. My grandparents actually had their own little hen-house (or whatever the hell these are called). And I remember like it was yesterday, actually taking a chicken and throwing it in the air to see if it’ll fly. Poor thing. Which may be the reason why karma, or God, or the Universe or whoever the hell’s in charge, decided to punish me by, let’s see, hm.. no boobs?! Yep, makes sense.
Anyways, it wasn’t that much different when it came to sweets and cakes and dessert and stuff. So, this sour cherry pie here is actually one of those pies that grandmas make. It totally has that grandma vibe. Nothing complicated, just some basics mixed together, nothing fancy, not quite Instagram/Pinterest worthy (luckily, there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a little whipped cream + some fruits), cause let’s face it, both Instagram and Pinterest took food and stuff on the next level. But grandma (in this story, “grandma” isn’t exactly My grandma, you just try to picture A grandma, o’right?) couldn’t care less about that. How the cake/pie/dinner looks.. pfff. Does it taste good? Excellent! But seriously, it smells oh-my-God, and it tastes just the same.
And me sharing it with you was actually Angela’s “fault”. She’s been constantly reminiscing about this cherry pie we ate on certain “occasions” when we were kids, and how awesome it tasted, and how me must find the recipe and make it ourselves. So, we found the recipe in mom’s old notebook of recipes, and she actually got it from late aunt Goca (may she rest in peace). And it said “Goca’s Cherry Pie” (or cake) and she drew little hearts around the name… So, I guess it’s not just that this sour cherry pie actually tastes delicious, but it also has a great sentimental meaning for us. Anyway, this went on a little… Head on below for the what-s and how-to-s.
Sour Cherry Pie.
Note* Crunchy on the outside, sweet and melting on the in.
Time to Prep // around 45 minutes
Serves // 8
– 4 eggs
– 5 Cups Sugar (150 gr/5 oz)
– 6 Cups All Purpose Flour
– 1 Vanilla Sugar
– 1 Baking Powder
– 200 ml (6.7 oz) Yogurt
– 1 1/2 Cup Oil
– Lemon Zest
– around 400 gr (14 oz) Sour Cherries
2. Preheat the oven to 200 C degrees (400 F).
3. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, and then add all the other ingredients (except the cherries).
4. Spread a little oil on the pie pan, and than sprinkle over some flour. Pour the mixture in it.
5. Cherries + Lemon Zest time! Put the cherries all over the mixture, while slightly pushing them in, so that the entire pie has somewhat equal amount of cherries in. Peel a lemon on top of the pie.
6. Cover the pie with parchment paper, and bake for around 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool of several minutes, the cut it and serve!
Note* the whipped cream isn’t in the original Sour Cherry Pie recipe, that was just me trying to “style” it up a notch, but it does taste great with it too. Your choice.