Sunday, January 15, 2017

Celebration Lemon-Cherry Pie ala Kate Carlisle


 

Although Kate Carlisle is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mysteries, it's her second ongoing series—the Fixer-Upper Mysteries—that are coming to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this month.

One of my books is coming to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries tonight. Celebrate with me! Framed for Murder: a Fixer-Upper Mystery, will air at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT, and will star singer/songwriter/actress Jewel in the role of Shannon, a contractor who specializes in restoring Victorian homes to their former glory—and in solving the murders that happen within their walls. Actor Colin Ferguson will play Shannon's love interest, Mac. He's a wonderful choice!

I'm delighted to celebrate with you here at Mystery Lovers Kitchen. We'll be live-tweeting during the show, so follow us both: www.twitter.com/katecarlisle www.twitter.com/mysteryloverskitchen

About the Fixer-Upper Mysteries: In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, California, the best man for the job is a woman: Shannon Hammer, owner of Hammer Construction Company and an expert in Victorian home restoration and renovation. Shannon discovers not only skeletons in her neighbors' closets, but murder victims, too!

The producers at Hallmark hope to bring all of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries to the screen—four books so far, with more to come: A High-End Finish, This Old Homicide, Crowned and Moldering, and Deck the Hallways. You can read free excerpts of all of the books on my website, www.KateCarlisle.com.

In honor of this career milestone, I've created a recipe that I'm calling Celebration Lemon-Cherry Pie. The first time I served this, everyone remarked on how flaky the crust is. The trick is to make sure that your shortening is very cold. I had mine in the refrigerator overnight. I'll have a printable version of this recipe available in the Secret Room at KateCarlisle.com.



Celebration Lemon-Cherry Pie

Crust:
1 C all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ C vegetable shortening, very cold (refrigerate overnight if you can)
2-3 Tbsp ice cold water

Preheat the oven to 450. Whisk together the flour and salt, then cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until the pieces are about the size of lentils.



Add ice cold water 1 Tbsp at a time, stirring gently, just until the dough holds together. Too much water will make the crust hard. Too little will make it fall apart. Roll it out on a floured surface until it's about four inches larger than your pie plate (two inches on each side). Pinch dough around the crust to form little hills and valleys. Loosely tent aluminum foil around the edges of the pie crust. Line the bottom of the crust with parchment paper, and then weigh down with pie plates or something that's oven-proof and substantial but not too heavy. You're trying to keep the crust from ballooning up, but you don't want to smoosh it completely.



Bake the crust for 7 minutes, then carefully remove the aluminum foil. Bake for another 7-10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Filling:
¾ C sugar
3 Tbsp corn starch
1 C cold water
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
Juice of two lemons
2 Tbsp butter, cubed
1 tsp lemon zest
½ tsp lemon extract
2 drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
1 can cherry pie filling

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, and salt. Stir in the water until the mixture is smooth, with no lumps. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until it thickens and begins to boil, then turn the heat to low and continue to cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Add a small amount of the hot mixture to the egg yolks, stir, and return all to the saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for two more minutes. (I took a break from stirring to take this picture, and the world didn't fall apart.) Remove from heat.

Add the lemon juice, butter, lemon zest, lemon extract, and food coloring if using, and stir them in very gently. Cool to room temperature without stirring anymore. Spread into precooked crust and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Spread the cherry pie filling over the lemon filling.

Topping:
1 C heavy whipping cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
½ C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Whip the cream alone until it thickens and is spreadably solid. Whip in the remaining ingredients. This will give you more whipped cream than you need to do something artistic like I did with my pie, so if you like lots of topping, just pile it on and enjoy!

This pie is perfect for the Fixer-Upper Mysteries because it's a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and it packs a big punch! If you had to pick a food that best describes you, what food would it be, and why?

We're giving away a $25 Visa Card to one lucky winner today. To enter, leave a comment with your email address so we can contact you if you win. Good luck! And don't forget to live tweet with Kate and the authors of Mystery Lovers Kitchen tonight during the movie! See you there!

108 comments:

  1. Excellent pie recipe; and I'm definitely excited for the Fixer Upper series! If I had to pick a food that best describes me, I would pick vanilla gelato. I'm always cold, am picky about high quality ingredients/materials, and am just sweet enough - nothing artificial :) EMS591@aol.com

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    1. LOL! I like that. Nothing artificial. :) Thanks for your comment, Liz. Hope you enjoy tonight's Fixer-Upper Mystery!

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  2. I love both lemon and cherry pies but never thought of combining the two fillings to make one pie. Thanks for the recipe. A food that would describe me would be chocolate cake: sweet, popular and fun. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Aw, how great! I love chocolate cake, and I love how you describe yourself. :)

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  3. Pie for breakfast anyone?? Yum! My mouth is watering!! I'm so excited for Framed for Murder tonight! Congrats Kate! You should be very proud! The casting seems great and I can't wait to see if the other characters are as I imagined in my mind. I can't think of a food that describes me because I've got pie brain!! Thanks!
    Rlewis11797 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Confession: We did have this pie for breakfast the day after I made it. I rationalized it by saying, "Hey, fruit, bread (crust), dairy (whipped cream)... how could that be bad?"

      LOL on pie brain!

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  4. A food that describes me?? have no idea. There are lots of food I like from meat to sweets, but one to describe -- probably just plan ol' vanilla pudding.
    I won't get to watch the TV show tonight as we won't be home, but we have it marked to record so I will get to see it later. Can't miss seeing my 'namesake' [Hammer] on the screen. :(

    donna {dot} durnell {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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    1. Opps, that is supposed to be a HAPPY face. :) missed the correct key and didn't catch it until I hit 'publish'.

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    2. LOL! I didn't even notice until after you pointed it out. Too funny! I've done that, Donna.

      Hallmark will be replaying the movie a couple times in the next few days, and then probably occasionally after that, as well. Plus, Jewel announced this week that they intend to make more movies. Filming on the next one starts in February!

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  5. The pie looks good. I have no idea what food would describe me.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Then I'm going to say "ravioli," Sandy, because from the outside, you're mysterious. :)

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  6. I love cherry anything and this combo of cherry and lemon sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. You're welcome, Sue. It is really delicious! If you make it, please post a picture to my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/katecarlislebooks

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  7. We are so looking forward to the Hallmark movie tonight! (Maybe with a slice of pie?) Readers, stop by and join the conversation there with MLK and Kate (and Jewel?) on Twitter (#sleuthers @hallmarkmovie).

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    1. Looking forward to tweeting with you tonight, Sheila!

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  8. Can't wait to see Framed For Murder tonight. Thanks for the pie recipe it sounds delicious. I guess a food that would describe me is anything chocolate. J_a_m_5672@yahoo.com

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    1. Hope you enjoy Framed for Murder tonight, Joann!

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  9. I wish I could get Hallmark mystery channel!! The pie looks delicious , it's going on my list things to make ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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    1. I hope you'll love the pie, Kathy. Sorry you won't be able to watch the Fixer-Upper Mystery with us. I hope someday that Hallmark will make the DVD available.

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  10. My guys would love this pie!
    Looking forward to the movie! I have not watched television in years, but I enjoy Shannon's adventures. It will be interesting seeing how the book is adapted to work in a visual medium.

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    1. That's so nice of you, Dorris. Thank you! I'm so happy you love my books. There will certainly be some changes between the books and the movies, so try to be open to whatever changes they make and know it's completely okay with me. :)

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  11. This recipe combines two of my favorite flavors! I got a pastry blender for Christmas, so I will have to make this soon. I would say that salsa best describes me because it can be sweet and it can be spicy! Elizw4kids@gmail.com

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    1. I like that, Elizabeth--sweet and spicy is my favorite kind of person. :)

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  12. My husband would love for me to make this! We both love lemon and cherry pie. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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    1. If you try it out, Becky, please post a picture to my Facebook page! It's a fun recipe because it seems like magic when the lemon mixture begins to gel.

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  13. The recipe sounds good. I think pizza would have to describe me - can add a lot of variety but always the same at heart.

    Congrats again! My DVR is all set. I enjoy the Hallmark movies made from the cozies and am looking forward to this. And looking forward to the next book in the series.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Sally! Hallmark does a wonderful job of bringing cozies to life. I'm so excited for tonight!

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