Monday, February 20, 2012

National Cherry Pie Day - Chocolate Cherry Pie & King Arthur Flour Giveaway!

A while back, I got an email from the wonderful people at King Arthur Flour, inviting me to take part in a celebration for National Cherry Pie Day.  Of course, I accepted!

I received a great box o' goodies from them to aid in the celebration - a 5 lb bag of King Arthur Flour, a package of their pie filling enhancer, a pie essentials dvd, an adjustable silicone pie crust shield, and the current copy of Baking Sheet, their recipe "magazine."
For my cherry pie, I wanted to do something different.  I am not a huge fan of goopy cherry pie, the kind you can make by simply tossing the canned pie filling into a pie crust and calling it a day.  I wanted to incorporate some creaminess - and why not some chocolate? - into my pie.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any fresh cherries.  Nor could I get my hands on any frozen cherries.  So, I picked up a couple cans of sweet dark pitted cherries, and I rinsed the heavy syrup off before using them.

I found a sour cream cherry pie recipe that I used as a starting point, and from there, I made it my own!

For the pie crust, I used this quick recipe I found... it rolled out well, and I hope that my pie crust curse is really over, and that Thanksgiving wasn't a happy fluke!

Chocolate Cherry Pie

1 pie crust
2 cans sweet dark cherries, drained and rinsed
6 oz plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs
1 3/4 c sugar
3/4 c flour
1/4 c cocoa
1 Tbsp espresso powder (optional)
1/4 c pie filling enhancer

1/4 c yogurt covered dried cherries
1/4 c dried cherries & berries
1/2 c flour
2 Tbsp lemon juice powder

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Roll the pie crust out thinly and place in a 9" pie dish.  Place the drained and rinsed cherries into the crust.

In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (not the topping ingredients), and whisk until smooth.  Scoop into the pie to cover the cherries and smooth the top.

Combine the topping ingredients in a food processor until they form a coarse crumb.  Spread on top of the chocolate and cherries.  Cover the edges of the pie crust with a silicone pie crust shield, and bake at 400 F for 10 minutes.  Lower the heat to 350 F and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until the filling is set.

Cool on a wire rack and refrigerate before serving.
A little gooey, but Oh-My-Goodness Yum!

Now for the exciting part!

The good people at King Arthur Flour are offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win the items I listed above - a 5 lb bag of King Arthur Flour, a package of their pie filling enhancer, a pie essentials dvd, an adjustable silicone pie crust shield, and the current copy of Baking Sheet, their recipe "magazine." 

To enter - let me know how you like your cherry pie (or if you don't like cherry pie, let me know what kind of pie is your favorite!).   I encourage you to "like" them on Facebook, because they are cool, but I won't make that a requirement.  (While you are at it, if you don't "like" Lunches Fit For a Kid on Facebook yet, you should.  This is also not required, but I love to see you all over there!  It puts a big smile on my face.)

As always, I need a way to contact you.  Anonymous commenters, with no contact information, cannot win.  If I can't contact you, I can't get your information to King Arthur Flour, and you can't get your prize.  Simple as that.  US entries only, please.

One comment per person, please.

I will choose a winner, using, on Sunday, February 26th at 7 PMish, EST.  If the winner doesn't get in touch with me within 48 hours, I reserve the right to pick a new winner.  Good luck!

*Disclosure:  I received the items listed above free of charge from King Arthur Flour, but I was in no other way compensated.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. I absolutely love Cherry Pie, apple is a close second. Love the idea of combining Cherries & Cocoa.

  2. Cherry pie is my favorite followed by chocolate pudding pie so how can I go wrong with this combination?

  3. Cherry pie has a weird consistency to me...I LOVE fresh cherries & marachino ones ,though.My fav pie is apple made with my unique mix of apple varieties. Special apples = special pie! A friend gave me King Arthur Flour brownie, scone & cookie mixes for Xmas...I was pleasantly surprised how yummy and NOT like store bought mixes they are! I have their scones in the oven right now! NOmnomnom... Deb @

  4. I like apple pie. I have a sugar-free recipe that my mom gave to me. And its soooo good! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  5. I love Cherry pie. I also love custard pie. Those are the ones I go for most. I like the pie warmed with a bit of vanilla ice cream so decadent.
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  6. I prefer caramel apple pie, but my hubby likes a good traditional cherry pie. I think the crust is always the key to a good pie!

  7. Not a big fan of Cherry Pie... but I would surely try yours; chocolate and cherries?!? YUM

    My favorite pie is Chocolate Silk Pie.

  8. Chocolate pie! I think my sister calls it Black Bottom pie (although my mom makes it without the merengue topping and calls it Bare Bottom pie!)

  9. I like cherry pie warm with ice cream! And this one looks amazing!!! :)

  10. I am not a huge pie fan, but I would choose pecan or rhubarb pie if I couldn't choose cookies. :-)

  11. My favorite pie would have to be wild blackberry, but a sour cherry pie-with a lattice top!-is a close second.

  12. I love a yummy homemade apple pie, french silk or lemon meringue.

  13. I like very tart cherry pie with 2 crusts and none of that slimy filler. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top or some fresh whipped cream makes it even better!

  14. While I do like cherry pie, actually any pie, my very favorite is a dog tick pie with no calf spit, made special for me by my grandmother. Now I know that sound gross, but its a Texas name for a raisin custard pie with the meringue left off. My grandmother makes the very best raisin pie...ever and she leaves the egg white off because I detest the texture. :o) YUM! Now I want pie!

  15. Cherry Pie isn't really a favorite of mine, but the chocolate version looks wonderful!

    And how do you get these wonderful giveaway offers??

  16. Wow. I was going to say cherry custard pie is my favourite but this might be my new favourite (once I try making it, of course)!

  17. I like just about any kind of pie with an all-butter crust. Toss on some ice cream, and I'm set.

  18. i already LOVE you both on facebook, hehe :)

    my favorite pie is actually dutch apple but cherry is a close second with whipped cream on top! yummo! lol

  19. Cherry Macaroon is my favorite! Cherry pie with a coconut/almond topping makes me a happy girl!

  20. OMG, I LOVE King Arthur Flour! What a fun give-away! I am not a fan of goopy cherry pie, either, so I like mine relatively firm and cold from the fridge...I know most people don't, but to me, it's the bomb!! (P.S. You can pick up a couple good pie crust recipes from their website...and their pumpkin cinnamon rolls are just about fool-proof and oh so good!)

  21. Cherry pie with some almond extract added to the filling. It is the way my mom made it and is so ingrained in my head/taste that things with almond extract in them taste like cherry to me.

  22. I like my cherry pie with chocolate drizzled on top and ice cream on the side, yum! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  23. my favorite pie is lemon meringue

  24. I love King Arthur! :) I'm not a berry person at all. I think the only fruit pie I'll eat it apple. I'm more of a Pecan Pie or Chocolate Cream pie kinda gal!

  25. I am not a big fan of cherry pie. I do like apple crumb and pumpkin pies!

  26. I like my cherry pie slightly warm with some vanilla ice cream on the side. Yummm!

  27. I like my cherry pie with crumble on top, and on my birthday instead of cake.

  28. Oh, holy cats, you've created a monster! A delicious, tempting monster, but still...!

  29. I LOVE cherry pie!! =) Peach & pecan too for that mater!!

  30. I love just a plain old cherry pie with a sugared topping. Nobody in my house growing up liked cherry pie so I rarely get it.

  31. I love just really ole cherry pie. Thank you for the giveaway and for your