American Pie Council

2017 Professional Entry

 

Cherry Cheese Surprise Pie

Cherry Cheese Surprise Pie
Dionna Hurt, Longwood, FL
2017 APC National Pie Championships Professional Divison
1st Place Cherry

Crust
3 c Vanilla sandwich cookies, crushed
½ c butter, melted
2-3 Tbl sugar
Crush cookies in food processor, grinding into crumbs. Transfer crumbs to lg mixing bowl, add butter and sugar, toss with fork. Pour into pie dish and press into bottom and up sides. Bake for 15 mins. Let cool.

Filling
3 cans tart cherries in water
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 bricks cream cheese softened
1 tea vanilla
½ cup sugar
Filling and Pie Instructions
Make the pie filling by mixing the 3 cans of cherries plus the juice from 1 cans with sugar, cornstarch, salt, and almond extract in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly, or until the liquid is thick and bubbly. Set aside to cool.
In mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar. Beat till fluffy and well combined. Spread in the bottom of cookie crust.
Top cheese layer with cherry filling. Garnish with whipped cream.
Refrigerate leftovers.