was first developed, cherry farmers watch over their orchards like new mothers. Too much wind and the cherries will bruise. Too much rain and they’ll split. Farmers even hire helicopters to “air dry” the cherries after a sudden rain storm. Rainiers must be hand-picked and hand-sorted. All this effort over cherries? Yes, these cherries are worth every ounce of the attention they receive. Here is a sweet little dessert that’s just right for highlighting Rainiers.
catch any drips. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the streusel is golden brown and the cherry juices are bubbling with slow-bursting bubbles. Let the pan cool for about ten or fifteen minutes. Use a thin, flexible spatula to release the pies from the pan and place on a cooling rack. It’s important to remove the pies while they are warm to prevent sticking. Serve warm or room temperature.