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Grandma’s Hopeberry pie recipe

Lifestyle, Recipe
By Holden Thomas
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Attention all pie lovers! We’ve got our hands on Grandma Ursula’s go-to Hopeberry pie recipe – fit for every occasion from a fancy regatta to a cozy family dinner – and we can’t wait to share it with you. So grab your aprons, turn up the kitchen radio and… bake!

The recipe

  • 4 cups of fresh pitted- or 2 cans of pitted- Hopeberries, drained (if unavailable in your area replace with equal amount of Cherries)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 double pie crust (homemade or shop-bought, i.e. Hopewell Bakery’s Ready Crust)
  • Small but handy (heat proof and food safe) tool useful to escape from tricky situations (optional but recommended)

Step by step instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). If your oven is taking its own sweet time, give it a stern look until it heats up.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and almond extract. Mix well until the cherries are coated with the sugar mixture – like an irresistible sugar trap set for… pesky wasps, of course.

  3. Roll out the first pie crust and place it in a 9-inch pie dish. If the crust is being stubbornly uncooperative think back to your rebellious teen years and move on.

  4. Pour the cherry mixture into the bottom pie crust. This is also the perfect moment to drop in a little surprise–perhaps a nail file?*

  5. Cut the tablespoon of butter into small pieces and scatter them over the cherries. Butter makes everything better!

  6. Roll out the second pie crust and place it over the cherry filling. Be confident but gentle – also a great caption for your online-dating bio.

  7. Trim the edges of the crust and crimp the edges together to seal the pie. In other words, pinch it together so it doesn’t fall apart.

  8. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape. Pies need room to breathe too.

  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Resist the temptation to keep opening the oven door to ‘check how it’s going’.

  10. Allow the pie to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. It really is worth the wait.

There you have it – the perfect pie recipe for indulging your sweet tooth or hatching an escape plan. See you again with another crowd pleasing recipe from yours truly!

*Grandma recommends nail files for escaping tricky situations, not for eating

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