What sweet news have I heard from Washington?

February 20, 2017

The father of our country is apparently a man who is true to his roots.  Shown here with his horse, Magnolia, look closely and you can see that George Washington has a cherry pie plate tucked under his arm (which he bought from Anne Bonney the Pirate Potter) .  No doubt he is making his way back to Mt. Vernon’s kitchen with a cherry pie on his mind because it is National Cherry Pie Day.

Here is a recipe from George Washington’s papers for a presidential cherry cobbler, which is also a good choice.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

For the pastry topping:  Sift together 1 cup flour, 1 T sugar, 1 1/2 t baking powder, 1/2 t salt.  Cut in with a pastry blender 3 T shortening.  Stir in 1/2 cup of milk to make a soft dough.

For the cherry layer:  in a saucepan, mix together 2/3 to 1 cup of sugar, 1 T cornstarch.  Slowly stir in 1 cup of boiling water.  Bring to a boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly.  Add 3 cups of fruit with juice.  Pour the mixture into your baking dish.  Dot with butter.  Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough evenly over the fruit.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Serve warm with cream.


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