It's been a while since I made a dessert. I was bound and determined today to make something easy, delicious and creative. Inspired by my recent re-watch of the Great British Bake Off series, I opted to put a twist on a cherry pie. I wanted to make a cherry cheesecake flavor profile with a free-form tart finish. Voila! Cherry Cream Cheese Galettes. The hardest part making these is waiting for them to cool down before eating them!
1 can cherry pie filling
1 9 inch pie crust (homemade or store-bought is fine)
1 egg yolk
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sugar
Egg wash, sugar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut out four 4-inch diameter pie circles from your rolled out pie crust. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate until ready.
Beat together the egg yolk, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Dollop 3 tablespoons of cream cheese mixture per pie circle. On top of these, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling. Fold over a 1 inch border on each hand pie. Brush the pie crusts with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until the pies are golden brown, the cream cheese is cooked and the cherry pie filling bubbling. Cool completely before serving. Enjoy!