Star Wars Noms: Cherry TIE

What do you bring to a party of 501st members? A Cherry Pie TIE, of course!

The rebels are unprepared for our snack. Signal Vice-Admiral Thrawn to launch his Cherry TIE squadrons immediately.

I know you want to make your own Cherry TIE so here is The Nerdista’s recipe.

NOTE: The Nerdista used the TIE Fighter sandwich cutter from this Star Wars Sandwich Cutters with Vintage-Style Tin set from Williams Sonoma to cut the TIE Fighter and also a small star shaped cookie cutter for the stars.

The Empire is on the verge of success. Making this TIE pie will mean peace and order will be restored throughout the galaxy.

Recipe: Cherry TIE – a pie even Darth Vader could love.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups pitted dark/black cherries – dark cherries will look more like space for our pie TIE. (If using frozen, use 6 cups, thawed and drained. The amount of draining directly affects the relative sogginess of the crust.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (This will make the taste of the sweet cherries more tart. For a sweeter taste, substitute almond extract.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 rolled out pie crusts*

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries, lemon or almond extract, and vanilla extract. Let filling mixture stand 15 minutes to thicken while you prepare the crust.
  3. Place the first of two crusts in the bottom of your pie pan. Cover and set the second, top crust aside for now. Trim the edge of the first crust to the edge of the pie pan. The Nerdista likes to leave a slight overhang on the bottom crust because the crust is the best part.
  4. Pour filling mixture into bottom crust; filling should rise somewhat above the edge in a mound in the center but will reduce slightly while cooking. Make the filling as smooth as you can (it will still be lumpy) so the decorative portions will lay flat-ish.
  5. Dot the top of the filling with butter. Yum!
  6. Uncover second pie crust and cut TIE Fighter and star shapes out of rolled out crust. Decorate top of pie with cut out pieces. Make sure decorations that come to the edges of the pie are pressed lightly into edge of bottom crust.
  7. Place pie on a foil lined baking sheet to catch any potential drips.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven until filling is bubbly and crust is pleasantly brown.
  9. Om nom nom nom nom.

*I’m afraid you are on your own for a pie crust recipe because The Nerdista’s was willed to her on the condition that I don’t reveal its secrets until my own demise. I’m sure Google can help. :)

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