Saturday, July 4, 2015

The American Spirit

My American flag is flying.  I attended the Farragut Annual Independence Parade, and I baked a Cherry Pandowdy that is loaded with sweet and tart cherries.  Not a bad start to July Fourth.

The fireworks have been going off for days.  This evening the sky will light up bringing an end to this years celebration. 

Cherry Pandowdy
Makes one 9" pie
Crust Ingredients:
2 ounces almond flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoon, cold unsalted butter cubed.
3-4 Tablespoons ice water
Crust Instructions:
1.  Add almond flour, sugar, flour and salt in a food processor.  Mix to combine.
2.  Scatter 6 Tablespoons butter over flour mixture; pulse until pea-sized.
3.  Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time until dough comes together.
4.  Shape dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap; chill at least 1 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 425' with rack in the middle.

Filling Ingredients:
1 pound frozen sweet and cherries, thawed with juice.
1 pound frozen tart cherries, thawed with juice.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoon cornstarch. 
Minced zest of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter
Filling Instructions:
1.  Combine cherries and there juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch, zest, lemon juice, almond extract, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
2.  Transfer to a 9" deep-dish pie plate set on a a baking sheet.  
3.  Dot filling with butter.

Assemble Pandowdy Instructions:
1.  Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4" thick, cut into 2-3" squares.  
2.  Arrange squares in a patchwork patter on top of filling, pressing edge pieces onto pie pilate and leaving a few openings for steam to escape.
3.  Brush dough with egg and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
4.  Bake pandowdy on third rack (middle) until top begins to brown, about 25 minutes; reduce temperature to 375'.  Bake pandowdy until fruit juices are bubbling and top is golden and crisp, about 35 minutes more.  Shield edges or top of pandowdy with foil if the crust gets to brown.
5.  Let pandowdy cool slightly; serve with vanilla ice-cream or whipping cream.
Recipe adapted from:  Cuisine at Home, Issue No. 112 July/August 2015

28th Annual Independence Day Parade
Among picnics, baseball games, outdoor concerts, there is the annual Farragut Independence Day Parade.  From the looks of it, the entire town was present as the rain held off until 10 minutes before the end.   The umbrella's came out, and no one left until the last float passed. 

As the parade began, two helicopters flew low over the route of the parade leading the way.  

Isn't it funny how red, white and blue represent freedom...
Until they're flashing behind you.

An all American Cowboy, I call him precious!

This brought back memories, I grew up watching Andy Griffith.

How does she ride that???

the ones who fight for out freedom.

Thank a soldier for the freedom you have today.