Okay, the title is a pun...get it "book cover" and cherry pie?:) This is the photo that many of you saw on our hardcover book, Amish Cook at Home. This was the first major book project that Lovina and I collaborated on and I'm very pleased with the way the book came out. The cover shows then 13-year-old Elizabeth Eicher standing out on her front porch holding a just-baked cherry pie. But creating such a cover takes many takes. We shot the photo in the very early morning hours to take advantage of the softer natural light that time of day. The cover picture and all the book's photos were taken by Betsy Blanton Dellaposta, a superb photographer. But that wasn't the only photo she took that morning. We thought about trying to put a buggy in the background, but ultimately decided that would just be too much imagery overload. Still,below is what we came up with. I found the photo while going through some old photos today and thought it was too pretty not to share even though we never used it. What did we do after the photo shoot? Ate the pie, of course!:) Yum! Lovina makes her own homemade pie filling. Here is her recipe:
LOVINA'S HOMEMADE CHERRY PIE FILLING
5 cups sugar
8 cups cherries, pitted
8 cups water
1 1/ 4 cup Perma-flow
In a large bowl, add half of the sugar to the fruit and let stand overnight. The next day, drain the liquid from the fruit into another large bowl and add enough water to have 8 cups. Cook the Perma-flow, the rest of the sugar, and the water together in a large pot for 10 minutes. Add the fruit and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the fruit and cook for another 10 minutes. Put into jars and cold pack for 10 minutes. This can be used for pie or cheesecake.