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Giveaway: King Arthur Flour & National Cherry Pie Day

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by Amber on February 20, 2012

February 20th is National Cherry Pie Day. While the dish is credited to Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England, most Americans are more likely to think of George Washington and his cherry tree when thinking of this bubbly, tart dessert.

Little known is that the story of George Washington and his cherry tree is a complete fabrication. That didn’t stop many people from making paintings, decorative plates, and desserts around this famous fiction.

I wouldn’t know a tenth of what I do about pie making and baking in general if it weren’t for King Arthur Flour.

America’s oldest flour company is also the one I trust with every baking question I have had in the past or will ever have in the future. They broke me of my pie crust curse after a weekend at their Blog and Bake conference last June. When they asked for my help celebrating National Cherry Pie Day, I couldn’t possibly say no.

For National Cherry Pie Day I adapted KAF’s Presidential Cherry Pie recipe. So far we haven’t seen sour cherries down here in Texas, so I used sweet Bing cherries. Just as delicious, and deeply seductive, this is one cherry pie you’ll want to make again and again.

Homemade pie filling couldn’t be easier with King Arthur Flour’s Pie Filling Enhancer. In fact, it took me longer to pit the cherries (who would have thought I’d miss that little uni-tasker down here in Texas?) than it did to make the pie filling.

The pie baked up into perfection in just 35 minutes. Word of warning: when baking in a foreign oven, trust your instincts. KAF’s recipe calls for 40-45 minutes in the oven. I learned the hard way during the baking of this cherry pie that my sister’s oven runs 10 degrees hotter than the temperature on the display, resulting in an overdone edge – even WITH the fabulous silicone crust protector provided by KAF. That crust protector can only do so much – it’s not going to protect the pie when you bake it 10 minutes too long.

But I should have known better. I read King Arthur Flour’s The Baking Sheet on a regular basis, and they always recommend testing your oven with a separate oven thermometer, instead of trusting the display. If you’ve never heard of it, The Baking Sheet is King Arthur Flour’s bi-monthly newsletter, filled with 24 pages of recipes, tips, tricks, and all the secrets to baking you’d ever want to know. It’s edited by Susan Reid, whom I have personally met and baked with. She knows her stuff, I can tell you that much.

If you want to get in the know about all things baking, I highly recommend picking up a subscription. They even have a special deal going on right now – if you choose the special offer, you get a 1 year subscription PLUS every issue of The Baking Sheet since 2009!

Check out the giveaway below the printable recipe!


 
To Celebrate National Cherry Pie Day King Arthur Flour is offering one lucky B&B reader a fabulous Pie Package!


King Arthur Flour Pie Package

  • 1 copy of The Baking Sheet‘s latest issue
  • 1 5 lb. bag of King Arthur Flour Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1 package of King Arthur Flour Pie Filling Enhancer
  • 1 Adjustable Silicone Pie Crust Shield
  • 1 DVD of King Arthur Flour’s Pie Baking Essentials
  • Here’s what you have to do:

  • Leave a comment below – tell me: What’s the best cherry pie you’ve ever had?
     

    To get extra entries, you can:

  • Follow @KingArthurFlour and @BluebonnetBaker on Twitter. Tweet the following phrase:

    Enter to win a Pie Package for National Cherry Pie Day from @KingArthurFlour & @BluebonnetBaker! http://su.pr/6sCXR1 #giveaway

    You must leave a comment here telling me you tweeted.

  • Follow King Arthur Flour on Facebook. Leave a comment here telling me you did so.
  • Follow Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook. Leave a comment here telling me you did so.
  • Follow BluebonnetBaker on Pinterest. Leave a comment here telling me you did so.
     


    Important Details:

    -This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, February 27th at 11:59 am EST.
    -Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
    -Winner(s) will have until 2/29/12 to claim their King Arthur Flour Pie Package or we will choose another winner.
    -Winner will receive (1) issue of The Baking Sheet, (1) 5 lb. bag of King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour, (1) package of King Arthur Flour Pie Filling Enhancer, (1) Adjustable Silicone Pie Crust Shield, and (1) King Arthur Flour Pie Essentials DVD {Valued at over $50}. Product will be shipped by King Arthur Flour.

    Disclosure:

    This giveaway is provided to you by King Arthur Flour. The views and opinions expressed by Amber Bracegirdle on Bluebonnets & Brownies are my own, and based upon my experiences with King Arthur Flour products. I received the giveaway items for review free of charge.

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  • Judy February 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    The best cherry pies were the ones my grandmother made when I was growing up. Her cherries were picked from a tree in her orchard and the pies were wonderful.

    Lynn in AZ February 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    I make cherry pie every year for my husband’s birthday. He doesn’t care for cake, but loves cherry pie. I always use the recipe on the can of cherries. The best one? They all turn out pretty good. I’ve been wanting to try KAF’s pie enhancer. That might turn them from pretty good to great.

    Lynn in AZ February 23, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I “liked” you on Facebook, and I already like KAF over there.

    Veronica @ Café con Leche February 23, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    ive actually never had a cherry pie! i think it’s because i’m not a huuge fan of cherries hm i do like a good mixed berry crumble though! :)

    Veronica @ Café con Leche February 23, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    i like you on fbook!

    Veronica @ Café con Leche February 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    i like KAF on fbook !

    Veronica @ Café con Leche February 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    i follow you on pinterest!

    Christy Howald February 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    My best cherry pie is the Triple Cherry Pie from the cherry spoon in Traverse City. So good!

    Christy Howald February 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I like KAF on facebook

    Christy Howald February 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I like B&B on facebook!

    Deana Thomas February 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    The best cherry pie I’ve ever had was quite a few years ago and it had a cinnamon streusel topping.

    Baker Street February 25, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    OH YUM! This looks divine Amber!

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