We just got home
From a short week trip to Minnesota
to visit the Grands
and then on to Wisconsin
We'd been there about 10 years before
For a night and loved it!
And so we went back
With four friends
And rented a house on Gill's Rock
At the very tip of Door County
(sort of like the "top of the Door"!)
A whole week . . . . on a deck
overlooking Lake Michigan
Door County is known for one thing
there you can find
Just plain cherries
(in all size containers --
canned or frozen)
And, of course,
I made it my personal mission while I was there in Door County
to find the best cherry pie!
The first . . .
Came from Seaquist Orchards
It's pretty with the heart decoration
And it certainly was the tallest of all the pies
And very very good!
The price for a whole pie -- $17.00
The second . . .
Bea's Ho Made Products
Just up the road from our house
Walkable, actually, if anyone would want to walk after
consuming all those pieces of cherry pie!
(And besides the pies, she has the best bread and butter pickles too!)
Bea's -- looks homemade
A bit of sugar on the crust (like my Mom always did) but "flat" --
more like, well -- home made!
Not all my research was done on whole pies
We had lunch at The Cookery in Fish Creek
And for dessert . . .
Cherry Pie, of course
Big sprinkles of sugar on top
A more modern take on a classic!
The White Gull Inn
Also in Fish Creek
Where we went for a Fish Boil
And after you finish all the fish and potatoes you can eat . . .
They bring you a piece (a small piece) of cherry pie!
And ice cream!
While quite good, the ratio of cherry to filling was less
More like the filling you find in the cans of Wilderness Pie Filling!
And the winner?
Our of the six of us, five chose . . .
And to make sure we were correct, we bought a second pie!
And finished that off in one night as well!
The lone dissenter who thought Seaquist was the best
thought we ought to try them side by side . . .
For he was sure he was right!
Alas, we ran out of days . . .
That test will have to wait for another time!
However . . .
In my opinion, the very best cherry pie
Is my own!
Using my Betty Crocker's recipe
and Childer's Cherries
Fresh Childer's Cherries!
(And actually, I do prefer a lattice crust!)
LINDERHOF CHERRY PIE
Your favorite crust for a two crust pie (homemade or the refrigerated Pillsbury ones)
1 1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. flour
6 cups cherries, pitted
2 T. butter
Put one pastry round in bottom of 9 inch pie plate. In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/2 c. flour. Stir in cherries. Spoon into pastry lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over cherries. Cover with top pastry that has slits in it (or make a lattice crust); seal and flute. Cover edge with 2 to 3 inch strip of foil to prevent excess browning; remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.
NOTE: I like to do as my mother did and sprinkle some sugar on top of the crust before I put it in the oven!