As much as my family loves Fresh Cherry Pie, I didn't think there was anything I could do to improve it. But boys and girls, today is a new day! And we're gonna start with a new kind of Cherry Almond Pie that is going to knock.your.socks.off!
My Fresh Cherry Pie has just the slightest hint of almond in it...and the secret ingredient in this pie takes that delicate almond flavor to a whole new level. Not to mention crunchy almonds around the edge of a buttery and flaky pie crust. It's simply cherry almond pie perfection!
And our secret ingredient? Almond paste. I usually bake with this only during the Christmas holiday season, but it is perfect in so many other things that I've been experimenting with. The delicate flavor adds just the perfect touch, and if you didn't know it was there, you wouldn't even notice it in this delicious cherry-filled pie. Odense Almond Paste is imported from Denmark, and other bakers agree that it has the best flavor, best texture and it is oh-so-easy to work with! It's got a texture similar to playdoh, and you can roll it or pat it with your fingers to smooth it into shape and place on the bottom of the pie crust, right before you spoon your cherry pie filling into the crust.
Almond Paste transfers my regular Fresh Cherry Pie to a whole new level - and no one has stopped talking about this yet. The almond paste melts into the tender cherry sauce and just oozes delicate flavor throughout the pie. You won't need a lot - just a touch will do the trick! It will be our little secret!
I don't think there's a pie much prettier than a lattice-topped cherry pie, and this one is no exception. Take your time and be creative with the crust. Just make sure to refrigerate it for 15-30 minutes before you bake to keep everything light, buttery and flaky.
I have a feeling that I'm going to need to make a couple of these for Thanksgiving this year - they are a family favorite!