Twin Peaks is coming back!! For those of you that are unfamiliar with this gem of a show let me catch you up. Twin Peaks is the early 90’s masterpiece created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. It centers around the murder investigation of small town homecoming queen Laura Palmer. FBI agent Dale Cooper heads the investigation and as time goes on the focus of the show is not only to catch the killer but the other goings-on of the strange townsfolk in Twin Peaks. The show walks the line between picturesque small town life and the sinister things that occur just below the surface. Back in the 90’s we were able to find out who killed Laura Palmer but we never found out what happened to any other the other townsfolk after the show abruptly ended.
Showtime has picked up the show and is getting ready to continue the story 25 years from where it left off. Audiences have been assured that numerous actors are returning for the reboot including Kyle McLachlan reprising his role as the quirky, pie loving Dale Cooper.
A few months ago I created a post for Dale Cooper’s favorite diner style cherry pie. It was delicious! However, with the revival of the show, I felt that the recipe needed a revival as well. So, this is my 2017 Double R Diner cherry pie.
Previously, I used a store bought crust because pie crust intimidates me and the fact that it seemed like a more likely ingredient for a diner pie. I decided to kick the crust up a notch this time around and make my own. If you want to use store bought for this, feel free! I did some research and came up with something I thought would taste good and still be simpler than regular pastry dough-short bread crust!
This crust was very easy to make and work with. It gave me a lot of confidence in my crust making skills. A great tip for this was to roll the dough out in between two pieces of cling film, it made it much easier to get off the counter and into the pie plate!
In addition to the crust getting revamped, the filling for this pie got an overhaul. In the previous version, I did a very simple filling but with fresh ingredients; this time, I wanted to take the same concept and make the filling a bit more fancy. I added some vanilla and almond flavor which really gives the filling a bit more depth and pairs well with the short bread crust.
I even decorated the top of this one and drizzled some sugar on the top crust!
Overall, this pie is delicious and not very difficult. I really like the new flavors it brings as well as the different crust texture. To me, this cherry pie is not better than the previous one just different. I am hoping the same idea rings true for the restored Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks New Double R Diner Cherry Pie:
2 cups Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, cold and cut in chunks
1/2 Tbsp. Water
6 cups fresh, pitted Cherries
1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
4 Tbsp Corn Starch
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1 Tbsp. Milk
- Begin the crust. In a stand mixer place butter, flour, and sugar in mixing bowl and use the paddle attachment mix until crumbly (sorta like wet sand). You can also use your fingers for this.
- In a separate bowl blend the egg and water together.
- Mix the egg mixture into the dry mixture just until blended. wrap in cling film and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Assemble the filling. Mix the cherries, sugars and cornstarch and let sit for about 30 minutes to let juices flow.
- Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken.
- Ladle filling (fruit first!) into pie crust and then add juice until full.
- Divide the dough in half. Rollout one half and fit over pie plate. Trim edges.
- After filling, roll out second half and fit over pie. Trim edges. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes from any excess dough and arrange on top.
- Cover pie with egg wash and dust with granulated sugar.
- Bake at 375 for 45 minutes, wrap edges of pie with foil if they brown too fast.
- Let cool before cutting.