Monday, February 16, 2015

Presidents Day and a Cherry Pie tradition

Happy President's Day! My family has always had a tradition to bake a cherry pie on this holiday synonymous with George Washington's childhood cherry tree tale. This is the quick and easy recipe I use to carry on this family tradition in my household. 

Did you know this holiday never falls on the actual birthday of any American president. According to the History Channel's website, four US presidents were born in the month of February—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, but their birthdays all come either too early or late to coincide with Presidents’ Day, which is always celebrated on the third Monday of the month. It is celebrated on a Monday as part of The Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by Congress, which took effect in 1971 to  create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. 

Easy Cherry Pie

1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened according to directions on box
2 cans Wilderness cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Using a 9-inch pie plate, place crust across bottom of pan and seal crust around sides of pan. Spoon pie filling into crust-lined pan. Top with second crust; seal edges and press in with fingers to flute crust. Cut slits in several places on top crust. Sprinkle sugar over crust. Bake 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. After 15 minutes of baking, remove pie from oven and use strips of foil to cover edges of crust to prevent excessive browning. Remove from oven and cool at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

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