Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 55 mins
The star of this good old American pie, cherries always brighten summer treats. Adapted from Good Food Magazine, June 1987.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
- 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening, cold
- 6 -8 tablespoons ice water
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 lbs sour cherries, pitted (about 4-1/2 cups)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄8 teaspoon almond extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, plus
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into bits
- Make pastry: Place flour, salt, butter, and shortening in food processor and process just until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Or mix flour and salt in mixing bowl and cut int butter and shortening with pastry blender. Sprinkle about 5 T. water over flour mixture; process or mix with fork until dough comes together, adding remaining water as needed. Divide dough into 2 pieces, one twice as big as the other. Refrigerate both pieces wrapped in plastic wrap at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile make filling: Mix sugar and cornstarch in large bowl. Add cherries, vanilla and almond extracts, and pinch salt; stir to combine. Let stand, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
- Heat oven to 425 degrees.
- Roll out larger piece of pastry to 14" circle on well-floured surface. Line 9" deep dish pie plate with pastry and trim to a 1" overhang. Mix egg and 1/4 t. salt and brush over bottom and side of pastry. Stir cherries and pour into pastry. Top with butter.
- Roll out remaining dough to 10" circle. Cut into 1/2" strips. Arrange strips in lattice pattern over filling, painting ends with egg glaze to stick to bottom crust. Fold over edges and crisp. Brush rim and lattice with glaze.
- Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake until crust is golden and cherries are tender, 30-40 minutes longer. If edges brown too quickly, cover with strips of aluminum foil.
Really fabulous - I have to make another one tomorrow because the one I made today has been all 'et' up! I used another crust recipe but followed the filling exactly. Do NOT leave out the little bit of almond extract - it makes all the difference!
This is so GOOD it should be illegal.
Jackie, THIS WAS GREAT !!! It gave us an excuse to go cherry picking too. I usually am lousy with pies, so I didn't change anything . The filling was actually just a wee bit over 4 1/2 cups, but not 4 3/4, nonetheless this was one EASY MAKING, FLAVORFUL, AND TASTY PIE. Adjustments should not be made here. Will make again. Made for PRMR tag.