There is no specific holiday tradition associated with cherry pie. It was a common dessert of the period, and very popular, just as it is today, which is why it was often included with Christmas dinners.
|Two 9-inch unbaked pie shells||1 cup sugar, depending on taste|
|2 cups tart cherries||1/2 cup water|
|1 tbsp flour|
Place cherries in a bowl and pour sugar, water and flour over them and then stir together. Put mixture in crust and place a covering crust on top.
Bake in 400° oven for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Pie Crust(From The Old West Baking Book by Lon Walters)
|2 1/2 cups flour||1/2 tsp salt|
|1/2 cup solid shortening||1/4 cup butter or margarine|
|4 tbsp ice water|
Blend flour and salt. Chill shortening and butter. Add to flour by cutting in with two knives or pastry knife. Keep cutting and slowly add ice water.
Chill thoroughly before rolling out to 1/4 inch thick.