Independence Day Countdown

Independence Day, a day of family,friends,food and fireworks! Wow everything starts with a F? Freaky! So it is on count down at my house and each day I am going to post a July 4th foodie or party idea, and today its dessert first.Where else would you start? July 4th to me is BBQ meats,corn dishes,watermelon,clam bake’s,lemonade,cherry pie,flag cake and cupcakes with the toothpick flag stuck in the middle. Daisy’s and Sunflowers are the flowers of choice, red and blue bandana’s decorate everything and Lemonade and Ice Tea are the go-to drinks. So throw a daisy in your hair ,wrap a bandana around the dog’s neck and let’s have a party…

Berry Pie- It’s mostly Cherries but I had a few strawberries and blueberries hanging out so they jumped in the pan, therefore it is “Berry Pie”


1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie ( I cheat see below)

4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup white sugar

4 cups pitted cherries( I used 6 cups on this one, plump!)

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place bottom crust in pie pan. Set top crust aside, covered.

In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries and extracts. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn out into bottom crust and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, flute edges and cut vents in top. Place pie on a foil lined cookie sheet — in case of drips!

Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

The only thing different I did this time was substitute the white sugar with splenda, and it was just a little bit more tart than the last one I made. I tried my best to make my pie crust top to look like Stars and Stripes.I used a pre-made pie crust, this is what works for me, you talented people(you know who you are) can make your own and I am sure it will be alot better. I brushed the top with an egg wash (2 egg yolks beaten with 2 tbsp.cream).Vanilla ice cream or whip cream are the topping choices so I say yes this time to the Ice Cream since I used Splenda on the pie,whoo hoo!I think tomorrow we will list the drink choices…Share your July 4th menu with us.Always ready to hear everyone’s foodies šŸ™‚

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