WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CHEERY CHERRY PIE

Crust:
3/4 cup ice water
1 tsp white or cider vinegar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole-wheat flour
3 tbsp Splenda granular
7 tbsp Crisco shortening

Mix water and vinegar in cup.

Place 1/2 cup all-purpose flour in a bowl; stirring with a wire whisk, gradually add the vinegar-water mixture. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine the remaining flours and Splenda. Add the shortening, cutting in with two knives or a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Gradually add the vinegar-water mixture, adding just enough to bind the dough together.

Divide dough in half; gently pat each half into a circle on a floured work surface. Cover separately with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Filling:
2 cans (14 1/2-oz) tart red cherries in water, drained, liquid reserved
1/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup Splenda granular
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 to 4 drops red food coloring, if desired

Place cherry liquid in a medium saucepan. Mix cornstarch and Splenda together in a small bowl; pour into the saucepan. Stir to mix well. Add the almond extract and lemon juice; cook, stirring, over medium heat and simmer 3 to 4 minutes to thicken sauce. Remove from the heat.

If desired, add the food coloring and stir to mix in.

Place the cherries in a medium bowl and pour the liquid over the cherries; using a spatula and working gently fold the cherries into the liquid. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Roll out one of the dough circles on a floured work surface to an 11-inch diameter; place in the pie plate. Place the filling in the crust.

Roll the remaining dough circle to a 10-inch diameter and place atop the filling. Crimp edges to seal. Using a fork, prick the top crust to vent.

Brush crust light with milk for golden browning, if desired.

Bake at 375 for 50 to 60 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden.

Allow to cool 1 hour before slicing to serve.