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pie party

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Inspired by all the amazing fruit at the farmers' market the past few weeks, I promised a few of my friends I'd bake some fruit pies this weekend. Then this endless heat wave hit, and turning on my oven was the last thing I wanted to do! But, a promise is a promise...So Saturday morning I picked up 3 pounds of sour cherries (probably the last ones we'll see for the season!) and two pints of plums at the market.

Then, while my pate brisee rounds were chilling in the fridge, I cracked open Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts book to figure out how to make the most of my fruit. I chose the sour cherry pie (the book's cover model!) and a plum galette. (Confession: I only have one good glass pie plate so a galette was a must. I used a mixture of purple sugar plums and yellow shiro plums to up the pretty-factor and ensure no one would be complaining about the lack of a fancy top crust.)

They both turned out wonderfully! The only blooper? I forgot to freeze my ice cream maker insert, so I wasn't able to make the buttermilk ice cream I'd planned on serving with the pies. Whipped cream and store-bought ice cream were fine substitutes, but I sure have been enjoying the buttermilk ice cream with cherry pie leftovers...

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