Sweet Cherry Apricot Crumb Pie blends juicy sweet cherries with with tangy apricots for a fresh burst of summer in every bite!
Although I’ll just about never pass up a slice of any freshly baked pie, fruit pies are by and large my favorite variety. I’m not alone in that preference. I have found that the offer of a slice of classic cherry pie or an all-American apple pie is a gesture appreciated any time of the year. The flavor of a mounding single fruit stands well enough on it’s own when enveloped in a flaky crust. So far as pie is concerned, simplicity is very tasty.
However, when breezes blow warm on the 45th parallel, our orchard canopies are bowed with the weight of a wide variety of sun-ripened fruit. Just as I can never leave a fruit stand having purchased only a single variety of fruit, I have an equally hard time selecting just one fruit to include in a pie in the face of seasonal abundance.
I recently drove past a favorite a farm stand and noticed a sign for sweet cherries and early apricots. The contrast in colors was enough to draw me in. After maneuvering a quick (perfectly legal) U-turn, I pulled into the gravel lot. The Sons barely let me park the truck before they were out swarming the tables, snapping up as many quart baskets of fruit as they could hold.
We tend to make a noticeable entrance.
Once I caught up to my crew, I let out a squeak of excitement as I noticed the sweet cherries. I thought that they were long gone this late in the season! After a quick glance to the right, I sighed at the sight of the apricots. My grandmother loved fresh apricots, so I always feel a wave of contentment wash over me whenever I see them.
The lady behind the stand just smiled and said,
“What are you going to make this time? More jam or more pie?”
I just laughed! I don’t know if it’s a good thing or completely ridiculous that I’m a regular enough fixture at a particular farm stand that they know my fruit habits. Maybe a little of both.
On the ride home, I decided to bake a pie to surprise Bacon Slayer when he got home from work. He’s a Pie Guy. I knew a crumb topping was a must because a few days before, he had (not so) subtly mentioned that I hadn’t made crumb top pie in awhile. I figured that I should be a good wife and make that poor man a crumb pie before the summer fruit season was over!
I briefly debated whether to make a sweet cherry pie or an apricot pie.
Both are delicious in their own right, but I couldn’t resist the idea of tossing both flavors together into one pie.
By the time I arrived at home, I had a plan! I immediately went to work on this Sweet Cherry Apricot Crumb Pie.
In my family, I have to work fast if I want to make anything special with our fruit supplies. Otherwise, I’ll turn around and find a stack of empty cartons on the counter where the fruit used to be. Growing boys are kind of like locusts in that they eat everything in their path.
Sweet Cherry Apricot Pie balances the flavors of plump, ripe sweet cherries with tangy apricots.
The resulting filling is not-too-sweet, not-too-tart, and perfectly complimented by the crunchy crumb topping. My family devoured the Sweet Cherry Apricot Pie in one sitting–just like the lovable locusts that they are! I hope that you enjoy it even half as much as we did.
Having a hard time tracking down fresh, ripe fruit in your area? No problem! Simply substitute frozen fruit in equal quantity in the recipe.