It’s cherry season, which means cherry pie. Or, in this case, my Vegan Cheater Cherry Pie Bites!
Because really? Who wants to heat up their kitchen when it’s already hot out, when you can just cheat and keep it super simple? You already put in all that work pitting the darn things, there’s no need to torture yourself further. Of course, my pitting sesh wasn’t too bad… I did it sitting outside in the shade, listening to music and drinking something full of gin.
And speaking of pitting, if you don’t have a pitter, check out this post on other ways to do it. I tried the straw method first, and it worked (sorta), but I had to keep grabbing new straws because once you bend it, it never works as good. I had the best luck using a small bamboo skewer! I’d poke a hole in one end of the cherry, the go in the through the other side and push the pit right out, using the flat end of the skewer. Worked like a charm!
Once they’re pitted, you cook them on the stove, just as you would if you were going to fill a pie crust. When they’re done, you simply spoon a bit into into those wonderful little pre-made frozen phyllo dough cups, and serve! Ta-da!
Now go forth and pit some cherries and make yourself some bites. And have a fabulous weekend! I’ll be in Utah floating in a canoe down the Green River, drinking beer and reapplying sun block every 30 seconds… I promise to bring back lots of pics 🙂
- 2lbs cherries, pitted
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup sugar
- Zest and juice from 1/2 a lime
- Pinch of salt
- 2 boxes mini fillo shells (Athens is a great brand)
- Mix everything together (except the shells, haha!) in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon into the shells and serve warm or room temperature.
- For crispier bites, follow the package instructions to bake the shells for a few minutes first.