It hasn’t even been Halloween yet and already I am dreaming of landscapes with piles upon piles of fluffy snow..not that that ever happens over here but hey, a girl can dream right? So anyway, while most bakers were coloring liters of buttercream in orange, green and purple hues, I was baking a winter-themed pie: typical Ramona.
I actually saw this pie on a Belgian blog, Jolanda’s Bakhuisje, although there it’s called “ski pie” – which is also a very apt name. I changed the recipe up a bit but the honor for inventing it should go to Jolanda!
Under a mountain of whipped cream and mascarpone, topped with meringue sticks, hides a yeasted crust pie with a tangy cherry filling. And well, we can always pretend the filling is blood to make it spooky right? No excuse not to bake it!Snowy Mountain Cherry Pie Recipe
Tools: 24cm fluted pie tin, greased; piping bag
250 grams flour (I use a 50/50 mix of plain and bread flour)
5 grams instant yeast
100 grams milk, lukewarm
75 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
25 grams sugar
3 grams salt
Filling (source: Weekend Bakery):
1 pot cherries (700 grams, drained net weight 350gr)
70 grams sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons cornstarch
500 ml whipping cream
150 grams mascarpone
1 tablespoons sugar
65 grams egg white
65 grams caster sugar
65 grams icing sugar
1. To make the dough, add all the ingredients to a large bowl, making sure the yeast and salt don’t touch each other directly. Mix until dough forms, then knead for about 10 minutes in a freestanding electric mixer, or a little longer by hand. Shape into a ball then put into a greased bowl covered with clingfilm or a damp tea towel and leave to proof for about 60 minutes.
2. In the meanwhile, make the filling. Pour cherries (+syrup), vanilla extract and lemon juice into a saucepan. Mix sugar and cornflour together in a bowl, then add to cherry mixture. Bring the filling to a boil, it should start to thicken. Boil for a few minutes or until it has the desired consistency (firm, but not so firm that you cannot pour it anymore). Take off the heat and set aside.
3. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F.
4. Roll the proofed dough out into a circle somewhat larger than the pie tin. Line the tin, leave any overhanging dough for the moment. Cover and leave for 10 minutes, then cut away any overhanging dough by rolling over the top of the tin with a rolling pin. Pour the filling into the pie and bake for 20-25 minutes. If it is very browned after 15 minutes you can turn the oven back to 180C/355F.
5. Once baked, leave the pie in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave until completely cool.
6. For the meringue, turn the oven back to 80C/175F. Using a fat-free (glass or steel) bowl and utensils, whip the egg whites while adding the caster sugar a little at a time. Keep mixing until stiff peaks form. Then fold in the (sieved) icing sugar. Fill a piping bag with round nozzle with the mixture and pipe long lines on baking parchment or a baking mat. Place on a baking tray and bake for 1.5 hours. Snip the lines into smaller sticks once baked.
7. To make the topping, pour whipping cream, mascarpone, and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks form.
8. To assemble the pie, make a mountain of cream on top of the pie and place the meringue sticks on top.