Reasons That I Love Cherry Season in BC


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Growing up in BC I knew it was finally summer when school was out and the fruits became ripe on the trees. An annual family vacation to the Okanagan was always highlighted with a cherry picking adventure. We would make an afternoon of going to the orchard, grabbing a tin bucket and filling it to the brim with fresh cherries. We would all then proceed to eat sitting at the beach until our stomachs told us “No more!”.  

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

Our summer road trip would end with a stop at the fruit stand to buy a flat or two to take home. Beautiful dark luscious cherries start the Okanagan’s summer fruit harvest, usually around the third week in June. Late-ripening varieties carry the season well into August. BC Tree Fruits cherries are premium quality, so we are always sure to look for the leaf symbol when buying cherries!

Once we got home, my mom would then take our fresh fruit and make cherry pies, cobbler, freeze some and also add to her favourite recipes like banana bread….and yes we continued to eat them fresh because they are hard to resist.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

For those asking (and I know you will) my dress is from Joanie.   🙂

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

BC Tree Fruits cherries are beyond tasty and I know my personal favourite is cherry pie. Now that I live alone, making a whole pie isn’t too practical, so for a fun twist, I wanted to share a recipe for cherry hand pies based on my Momma’s pie recipe that I grew up eating. These pies are so yummy and full tasty goodies…and they freeze well, too.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

Now that I am trying my best to be gluten free and dairy free I have been playing around with different crust recipes. So far this recipe has been my favourite. Let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite GF and DF crust recipe!

Cherry lover tips & tricks:

  • Dip cherries in ice water before eating them to make each bite crisp and cool.
  • Paper clips make great cherry pitters. Unfold a paper clip and insert the end bend of the clip through the top of the cherry. Loosen the pit and pull it out. 
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BC Tree Fruits cherries are a summer staple and perfect for your outdoor adventures. Take them to the beach, on a hike, or enjoy by the handful with the fam jam while sitting on the deck.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

Cherry Hand Pies Recipe

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

Cherry Hand Pies

Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Bella
Cherry season is my favourite! These cherry hand pies are the perfect sweet treat for warm summer nights.
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Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1 Tsp. sugar
  • 1 Cup butter unsalted, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup ice water

Filling:

  • 2 Cups cherries pitted
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch

Instructions

Dough:

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles corn meal.
  • With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky.
  • Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 1 hour.

Filling:

  • Combine all ingredients into a small sauce pan.
  • Cook over medium heat until thick. Stir frequently.

Mini Pies:

  • Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • Roll out one disc of dough onto a floured surface. Cut into desired shapes which are about 2 1/2 inches or so. I made circles using a cookie cutter and squares using a knife.
  • Place half of the cut shapes onto a baking sheet.
  • In the center of each shape, place about 2 Tbsp of the filling. Don’t get the filling along the edge of the shape.
  • Place a “top” onto each shape and crimp the edges with a fork. Cut a hole with your knife or fork in the top of each. Alternately you can use a tiny cookie cutter to make a shape in the top of each. Hearts look really cute.
  • Beat the egg until frothy and then apply over top of each hand pie.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then let cool before handling.

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
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Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

My annual childhood trips to the Okanagan with my family were filled with beach days, bike rides, hikes, boating and making friends. Some things never change because it is still one of my favourite places to do…whether with my family or with friends. You can always count on warm weather with lots to do for those that love to stay active.

You might also like Apple Season in BC – Apple Cranberry Bake.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

 A huge thank you to Josh for all the images and coming with me on this trip! 

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

Did you know…

  • You can bake with them, grill them, juice them and eat them dried.
  • BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is comprised of over 430 local grower families who produce a variety of tree fruit commodities including apples, cherries, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots, prunes, plums and grapes.
  • BC Tree Fruits cherries are so good for you. They are full of powerful antioxidants, reduce inflammation and reduce post-exercise muscle pain.

And….before I sign off…a photo of me from way back when.  🙂

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares why she loves cherry season in BC with BC Tree Fruit and a recipe for a cherry hand pie.

xoxoBella is a popular travel and lifestyle blog featuring travel inspiration, fashion, recipes, dog mom tips and fitness motivation. Bella Bucchiotti lives with and advocates for Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease awareness.

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25 Comments

  1. Stacie wrote:

    If those hand pies aren’t enough to make anyone love cherry season nothing is. Those photos are amazing, as well!

    Posted 7.23.18 Reply
  2. AiringMyLaundry wrote:

    I just love your dress. How gorgeous. And I love cherries. These hand pies look incredible. Your photos make me want to go cherry picking.

    Posted 7.23.18 Reply
  3. Ann F. Snook-Moreau wrote:

    Oh my gosh, your cherry-picking outfit is adorable! The hand pies look so cute and delicious too. Fresh fruit really is the highlight of summer!

    Posted 7.23.18 Reply
  4. wendy wrote:

    Cherries are so good for you and your recipe here looks really tasty too. The mountains and water in your photo look amazing.

    Posted 7.23.18 Reply
  5. I would love to make hand pies with cherries like this. How fun! I think the next thing I do will be learning how to make pie filling in my crock pot.

    Posted 7.23.18 Reply
  6. Marysa wrote:

    What a neat place to visit! Plus your recipe looks incredible, and I love single-serve desserts. This would be such a fun place to check out.

    Posted 7.23.18 Reply
  7. I have never gotten to go cherry picking. I have dreams of planting a variety of fruit trees and then having a huge harvest.

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  8. This sounds so fun! If I ever get the chance to visit Canada, I’d definitely ~cherry pick~ the activities I wanna do! Thanks for sharing!

    Sockwun | http://www.extraextravagant.com

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  9. rika wrote:

    I love cherries, and I’ve always wanted to visit fruit farms. The hand pies look so good! Lovely pictures too!

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  10. Jenna wrote:

    I adore that dress! I remember going cherry picking with my dad’s family in Washington State when I was little! They’re big on cherries up there!

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  11. Sara Welch wrote:

    Picking cherries is so much fun. I would love to do this sometime!

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  12. Kita Bryant wrote:

    I love your cherry picking outfit! It looks super comfy and cute!

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  13. Lindsey wrote:

    I love a good receipe. Thanks for sharing!
    Xx,
    Lindsey
    http://Www.lindseyemartin.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  14. Annaliese wrote:

    Bella you are just a cutie!! And that recipe sounds so yummy.

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  15. Grilled cherries sound like the perfect summer treat!

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  16. I’m not a huge fan of cherries but it looks like a fun activity!

    Posted 7.24.18 Reply
  17. Hannah Becker wrote:

    Cherry season sounds amazing! I’ve never been cherry picking, but this sounds like so much fun!!!! I absolutely LOVE the mini cherry pie recipe you shared – YUM!!!! Also, love the throwback pic of you from picking cherries as a kid – so cute!!!!

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  18. Deborah wrote:

    I LOVE cherries and cherry-picking!

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  19. sophia lu wrote:

    oh that mini cherry pie looks so delicious which is making me hungry xD but i also love any fruit picking season honestly <3

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  20. WhispersInspire wrote:

    What a cute post! I love that you have been going since you were itty bitty. What an amazing recipe too, looks so delish. Bookmarked.

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  21. Tara Liston Fuller wrote:

    omg this is the cutest! how fun – i’ve never been cherry picking, and i’m totally jealous!

    Posted 7.25.18 Reply
  22. Sami Mast wrote:

    Cherries are my favorite fruit! Will have to try out that recipe!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

    Posted 7.26.18 Reply
  23. Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew wrote:

    Cherries are so good! I love this recipe — I’ll have to try it!

    Posted 7.27.18 Reply
  24. nicole simonetti wrote:

    I’m so jealous you get to pick fresh cherries – they’re my faaave! thanks for sharing your recipe & tips on how to eat/prep cherries, and for throwing it back to when you were a babe. feelin’ the authenticity in this post! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

    Posted 7.29.18 Reply
  25. Your pictures are amazing! I’d love to go cherry picking with my daughter and make these hand pies. Yum!

    Posted 7.29.18 Reply

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