One of our favorite stories about our first president George Washington and the cherry tree is unfortunately fake news.The myth has it that when George was six years old, he got his first ax as a gift.Like any young kid, George tested his ax out on one of his father’s cherry trees.When his father discovered his fallen tree, he confronted the young George.The famous quote, “I cannot lie, it was I who chopped down the cherry tree,” came from this confrontation. With this confession, George’s father forgot his anger and embraced his son for his honesty.
This story came to define the value of honesty and virtue in our first president, but unfortunately was made up by his biographer Parson Weems as a ploy to sell books by capitalizing on Washington’s popularity was because of his “Great Virtue.” Because of this story, the cherry tree and cherry pie have become a favorite recipe to feature during President's Day celebrating Washington and Lincoln's Birthday. We've put our Superberries spin on this recipe.
Premade Pie Crust
1 1/2 Cups of Frozen Aroniaberries (thawed)
1/2 cup of Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
1 Can of Cherry Pie Filling
1 Egg White
1 Teaspoon of Water
2 Teaspoons of Sugar
Directions: Make pie crusts as directed using a 9-inch glass pie pan. Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch & cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in Aronia berries and pie filling. Place filling into the crust-lined pan. Top with second crust. Flute and seal edge. Cut slits in several places in top crust. In a smaller bowl beat water and egg white until blended. Brush top crust. Sprinkle crust with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Cover the edge of the crust with foil or a pie crust guard. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until crust is golden brown, removing foil or guard during the last 5-10 minutes. Cool a few hours before serving. Top with whipped topping or ice cream.