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Macaroon Cherry Pie Recipe

Macaroon Cherry Pie Recipe

I use homegrown cherries in this bountiful pie with its unique crunchy coconut topping. But I've found that purchased tart cherries yield a dessert that's nearly as delicious. I always bake this pie around Presidents' Day or Valentine's Day, but it's popular with my family in any season.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) pitted tart cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with pastry. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Bake 6 minutes; set aside.
  • 2. Drain cherries, reserving 1 cup juice. Set cherries aside. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in cherry juice until blended. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 3. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and food coloring if desired. Gently fold in cherries. Pour into crust. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 400° 20 minutes.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine first six topping ingredients. Stir in coconut and almonds.
  • 5. Remove foil from pie; spoon topping over pie. Reduce oven to 350°; bake 15-20 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Chill 4 hours or overnight before cutting. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 434 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 199 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.