Old quote inspires new recipe for cherry-peach pie

I came across an old quote from poet Edgar Guest that I adore: “There's no diet list I'll follow that would rule out cherry pie.” I immediately found myself craving cherry pie, but only had a small bag of cherries and a single bag of peaches left in the freezer. Cherry-Peach Pie, perhaps?

The result is a gourmet treat for the eye and palate. The cherries color the peaches with their deep ruby tint, and their essences combine flawlessly. Serve this pie hot in a bowl, with a dollop of real whipped cream. Don't worry for a second about the cobbler consistency. It is part of the charm of this rustic dessert.

I wonder if Mr. Guest would include Hot Cherry-Peach Pie in his diet list? It's firmly planted in mine. Enjoy!

• Alicia Ross is the co-author of “Desperation Dinners!” Contact her at Kitchen Scoop, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or send email to Or visit the Kitchen Scoop website at

Hot Cherry-Peach Pie

2 (9-inch) dough pie crusts

1 pound frozen sliced peaches

1 pound frozen pitted tart cherries

½ cup water

½ cup sugar

¼ cup cornstarch

Whipped cream, optional topping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a 9-inch pie plate, place one crust evenly over the plate. Press into plate. Leave the crust's edges hanging over the pie plate's edges.

In a medium saucepan, combine the peaches, cherries, water, sugar and cornstarch, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil. Sugar will be completely dissolved and mixture will thicken.

Pour fruit mixture into pie crust and top with remaining crust. Pierce holes in the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking; crimp edges. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Start to finish: about an hour

Yield: 6 servings

Approximate values per serving: 383 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated), no cholesterol, 4 g protein, 54 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 272 mg sodium.

— Alicia Ross

Hot Cherry-Peach Pie

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