Monday, 2 August 2010

Awesome fruit discovery in Dundee!

I found out tonight in Dundee, at Magdalen Green my local park, there are cherry trees! So many and all bearing delicious delicious fruit. Rob, Jane and I went out picking them and made a cherry and apple pie afterwards. Unfortunately we didn't manage to get any photos but I'll leave you with the recipe:

For the pastry
8 oz plain white flour
4 oz butter
some water and a pinch of salt

700g fresh cherries
1 apple, finely chopped into slices.
3 tablespoons of demerara sugar

a little egg of milk to glaze the pastry.

Start by rubbing the butter into the flour until mixed through. Then add a drop of water and knead into a dough.
Line your pie dish with the pastry and blind bake for about 7-10 minutes. You should also have a little pastry left over for the top.

De-seed the cherries (this took quite a while, thanks Rob) and boil them down with some sugar in an cast-iron or heavy based pan for quite a while until it's all nice and runny and mushy.

Slide the apple and lay out on the base of the pastry, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and top with the cherry mush. Cut the remaining pastry into strips and weave over the top of the pie.

Bake for 30 mins, serve with ice cream.


  1. my friend makes cherry pies & things from magdalen pretty much every year! i should tell alan, we were talking about foraging the other day.

  2. You should! There's quite a few trees down there which haven't yet ripened. You also might want to bring a footstool with you! X

  3. You might find adding a little sugar to the pastry improves this a little. It's all a matter of taste, of course, and while I don't like things too sugary, I prefer pastry for puddings to be a little sweet.

  4. Thanks Jilly. We used a recipe from Delia Smith's complete book. I wouldn't say it was the best pastry recipe I've used but yes- a little sugar would make it all the better.

    Are you a keen baker? Xx