I almost didn’t make this Sugar Friday. This week was my husband’s birthday and I had made a chocolate cake with a Bavarian cream filling that I had used before in these lovely éclairs. It was delicious, and just as I was finishing off my third slice, I began feeling a little sugar overload. How was I ever going to find the strength to bake and eat another sugar-laden treat? I guess it is possible to have too much of a good thing. The next day, I went to my local produce store and they had the plumpest, reddest, most tantalizing cherries that I just had to buy. An hour later, I was popping them into my mouth like candy and wondering what I could make with them. Like Martha Stewart, I like good things, and there was no way I was going to miss Sugar Friday when Cherry Hand Pies awaited me.
I found the perfect recipe on My Baking Addiction, a fabulous baking (there are non-baking recipes, too!) blog run by Jamie, who also happens to be a teacher. Her blog is one of my greatest finds this year; there are handy tips, advice on blogging, giveaways, and personal essays to keep you coming back for more. Jamie suggests eating the cherry hand pies for breakfast, which is a great idea. A cup of coffee alongside a buttery, flaky pie filled with juicy cherries is the perfect way to start a warm summer day. Heck, it’s perfect any time of day. The pies are made with store-bought puff pastry, and can be made with or without the sprinkling of coarse sugar on top (I left that step out). The only difficult part of making these pies is not eating all the cherries before you even start baking.
Photo via My Baking Addiction
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