A winning combination for spring: new episodes of Twin Peaks and agent Cooper’s favorite cherry pie from the Double R Diner.
Lena Bogdanović told us about her plans for the Twin Peaks premiere: with a slice of cherry pie, a damn fine cup of coffee, and the same friend – 25 years later.
You know the pie we’re talking about- with agent Cooper’s favorite sweet red filling, served by the lovely Shelly and beautiful Norma, the one Gordon Cole wants to write an epic poem about.
With Lena’s enthusiastic approval, we’re sharing Milica’s recipe for the original Double R Diner cherry pie, straight out of Twin Peaks- photographed by Katarina.
There are certainly lots of variations to the cherry pie, especially in America, where it’s a long-standing favorite. There’s a Serbian one as well, rolled up, with breadcrumbs. But for the new Twin Peaks episodes this spring, we recommend you stick with this one, from a place of mystery and dark secrets…
For the crust:
350 g flour
225 g butter
120 ml milk
1 tbsp lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar)
2 tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
A bit of milk
For the filling:
1 kg cherries (either fresh or frozen)
200 g sugar
5 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp cherry liqueur or spirit
Make the pie crust:
Combine lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) with the milk and set aide. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and butter, mixing with a fork. While mixing, slowly pour in the milk and lemon mixture and mix until the dough forms. Divide the dough into two balls, one slightly larger than the other, and wrap in clingfilm, then put in the fridge to rest for at least an hour (the dough can be made up to a day ahead and kept in the fridge until ready to use)
Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F).
Grease an oval tart pan. Cut the larger dough ball into slices and arrange throughout the pan. Using your fingers, connect the pieces into one. Bake the bottom crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Roll out the smaller dough ball into a disc and cut into strips. Return to the fridge.
Make the cherry filling:
In a large saucepan, combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Remove from the heat, and add the cherry liqueur or spirit- it’ll enhance the flavor and give it that special kick.
Pour the cherry filling over the cooled bottom crust. Arrange the dough strips on top and brush over with egg wash (to make the egg wash, combine one egg with a bit of milk)
Bake until golden.
Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.
The pie will keep for up to five days, refrigerated and wrapped in plastic.
Enjoy the new episodes of your favorite show!