31 March 2016

cherry custard crumble pie (and a new netflix obsession)

What is better than a fun show to binge on? Binging while you eat an amazing piece of pie.
That's my theory anyway.
My friends and I often text each other,"Ok, what do I watch next?" We share our latest favorites, debate over what is actually watchable, and dish on how we feel about characters that have stolen our hearts. One show that we've all fallen for is the Great British Baking Show, which has one season available on Netflix right now. It seems kind of ridiculous to love a reality show about baking, but it really is pretty charming. 
The only trouble is the intense desire it gives you to bake up something sweet, and this pie will do the trick.


The recipe starts with these cherries - they are my favorite for everything from baking to cocktail making. But frozen cherries also work beautifully for this recipe.

The custard is almost cheesecake like, and so delish. Between the custard and the crumble and the sort of sour cherries, your taste buds are going to dance (as my 6 year old likes to say) - and the best part? It all comes together quick and easy, which is always my favorite.

Cherry Custard Crumble Pie
one prepared pie crust (I like Trader Joe's because it's just like homemade with no additives)
2 cups jarred or frozen cherries, drained
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour 
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup butter, melted
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 375.
Mix together sour cream, sugar, egg, flour, vanilla and salt until smooth. Gently mix in cherries and pour into unbaked pie crust.
Bake for 25 minutes.
In another bowl, mix together remaining ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of the pie and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove pie from the oven and allow to cool. After trying it both room temperature and chilled, we loved the chilled version best. But sometimes it's hard to wait, so warm is okay, too!