Every Feb. 20 is National Cherry Pie Day, it also happens to be Cherry Month. This little red super fruit is full if antioxidants and is has healing that helps relieve pain and has anti-inflammatory benefits.
Research from the University of Michigan showed that a diet that consisted of tart cherries helped reduce blood cholesterol levels, to reducing body weight and fat mostly ‘belly fat” which is often associated with heart disease.
The cherries used for the cherry pie filling, are called Morello cherries (tart cherries) because you can sweeten it to your liking. Cherries can be a little pricey, but don’t shy away from buying them because there are tremendous benefits from eating fresh cherries, as well as the great taste in cherry pie filling.
Combine this super fruit with a flaky pie crust and you have crunchy, buttery, juicy and fruity combination of sweet goodness with a little tartness from the cherries and saltiness from the dough.
Cherry pie in the U.S. is referred to as a "great American dish".
National Cherry Pie Day is great time to get creative with your filling and as well as your dough. Since the base for this is cherry filling is the pie crust. It is a simple recipe not complicated at all to make, except if you want your crust flaky you need to add cold butter.
On National Cherry Day try one of the newest trends a mini pie or pie pops. Cherry pie pops are mini pies on a craft stick. You can cut your dough in flower or butterfly shapes and fill with cherry pie filling.
Traditional pie will have a beautiful brown crust or you can have a pretty lattice strip design on top of your cherry pie.