Sweet Cherry Pie

by cakeduchess on August 6, 2012 · 25 comments

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Could it be possible that I haven’t posted a pie here since this past Easter? I don’t know how I let so much time slip. Were you all missing pies as much as I was? I had to make a cherry pie. It was time.


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I found a recipe in Eating Well magazine this summer. It was for a  Honey-Sweetened Cherry Pie. It was lovely. Really lovely. A splendid cherry pie with a gorgeous lattice on top. I’ve been looking at the recipe for the last two months and found some cherries at a good price. Every thing was in order to make this perfect pie. I had butter…I had flour. But I encountered a couple of baking  problems. The first problem is the crust in the Eating Well recipe is made with whole wheat pastry flour. The second problem was the filling has tapioca in it. 
I was out of both ingredients and could not quell this mad cherry pie craving. I had to improvise and resort to the pie crust that never does me wrong that is from Martha Stewart. My dad had been giving me one of his sweet baking hints. A hint like, “When are you making another pie? Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve had one of your amazing apple pies?!?” It went something like that. I had a fig tree issue I was hoping he could help me resolve. He is the master of any thing to do with gardening and planting. So a deal was made! I’d bake a pie and he had to help me with my baby fig tree.

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Summer may be coming to a crashing end for many of you. It’s already back to school time for many families and you may even be experiencing a slight drop in temperatures. We are just getting into the heart of our summer and hurricane season. So don’t be surprised to see a few more pies pop up over here in the next few weeks. I hope you don’t mind. 
You can fill this pie with your favorite summer fruit. I think it would be wonderful with strawberries or peaches. Blueberries are also wonderful. But if you happen to be lucky and come across some cherries that don’t cost a fortune, make this pie! Our cherries went down to $1.99 x pound. How much do they cost at your market? 
I’m not going to judge you if you don’t feel like making your own crust. Go ahead, use your favorite ready made crust. As long as you make a summer pie…I’m very happy:). 

Sweet Cherry Pie
adapted from Martha Stewart

Pie Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons margarine or chilled vegetable shortening
1/4 cup ice water

Cherry Filling
2 pounds Bing cherries, pitted and halved (I used a combo of Bing and Rainier cherries)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
1 tablespoon turbinate or granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine cherries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice; toss until cherries are coated. Set aside while you prepare the crust.

Food Processor Method: Put flour and salt in bowl of machine. Cut butter and vegetable shortening into flour. Process a few seconds until mixture resembles coarse meal.
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Drop by drop add the water, processing very briefly. The whole process would take 20 to 30 seconds.
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Wrap and chill the pastry for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 F. If pastry has been chilled for a long time, let it sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before rolling.

Lightly flour a pastry board, marble counter, or kitchen counter. Divide the pastry in half. Pat each piece of pastry into a flat round. Roll first disc between parchment paper or plastic wrap (or 1/2 and 1/2 like I did here).
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Roll pastry in one direction only, turning pastry continually to prevent it from sticking to the surface.
Using pie plate as a guide, measure rolled-out pastry — it should be slightly larger than the pie plate and 1/8-inch thick. Fold rolled pastry circle in half so you can lift it more easily. Unfold, gently fitting the pastry into the pie plate, allowing pastry to hang evenly over the edge.Add in your filling.

Now on to the lattice strips. On a very hot summer day even with the air conditioning working at its fullest potential. Even making it in a freezer…making lattice strips can be tricky. While you are making your strips, if you feel the dough has gotten too soft to work with, pop the dough into the freezer to chill a little.

Roll out 2nd dough disk the same way you rolled out the first disc. Cut out your lattice strips and start to carefully place them in a crises-cross way over the cherry filling. Brush with the egg wash. Sprinkle on some turbinado sugar.Turbinado sugar makes every thing so sparkly. :)
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I bake my fruit pies over a baking tray lined with aluminum foil as the juices sometimes like to escape. Bake at 375 until crust is golden brown and juices bubble, 50 minutes–1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

What is your favorite summer pie? :)

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Yum, I have been wanting to bake something with cherries for awhile now, need to get to it!

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Kimberly Bonham August 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

This looks soo good! New follower!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food August 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

There are few pies that I really go crazy for and cherry is one of them. This would surely bring a smile to my face!

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Kristina @ spabettie August 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

a pie for some tree help? sounds like a deal to me, although he may be asking for a fig dessert soon… ;)

this looks absolutely perfect!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary August 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I just bought more cherries yesterday; HAVE to have some more cherry sorbet but bought way more than I needed so…pie seems the perfect use!

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Jenny @ BAKE August 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

This pie looks spectacular! I’m very jealous of the lucky folks who got to have a slice!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I have cherry envy! The season was so short but this pie looks scrumptious :).

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The Mom Chef August 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I absolutely agree with you about Martha’s crust. It’s delicious. In fact, I have one cooling in the fridge right now. I adore cherry pie too, though I think I’d cheat and not make a lattice crust (yours is beautiful).

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Ellen B Cookery August 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I love cherry pie. This looks delicious!

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Jen @ Savory Simple August 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Cherry pie has been a favorite of mine since back in my Twin Peaks obsession days. This looks like a wonderful version.

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Maureen August 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Blueberry is always my favorite but close behind is cherry and this one looks fantastic!

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michelle {A Recipe Junkie} August 7, 2012 at 12:35 am

I don’t have a favorite summer pie…. i’ve never had a blueberry pie, or cherry pie (besides those vending machine hand pies *i confess)
this pie may change things! it looks so good… i gotta make a summer pie before summer is over!!

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Swathi Iyer August 7, 2012 at 3:32 am

Lora,

Here cheery is 1.98 dollar per pound. This sweet cheery pie looks delicious. I like that you made crust from scratch.

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Marina@Picnic at Marina August 7, 2012 at 4:05 am

Hi Lora, Thanks for visiting my blog! :) Your pie is absolutely delicious! I’ve been in a pie mode also last week: made an apple and cheese pie. :)

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Asmita August 7, 2012 at 4:18 am

This pie looks gorgeous!

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simple baking August 7, 2012 at 4:23 am

OMG look at all the delicious goodness oozing out of the pie..yum yum..
Good thing cherry’s are in season here. Hard to resist this one :D.

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Baker Street August 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

I love the syrup oozing! What a gorgeous pie! A slice would just make everything right in the world.

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Patty August 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

OMG…I can’t even show this to my husband!

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Nancy August 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Favorite kind of pie? Rhubarb, cherry and peach!! Sadly I am the only pie lover in my house so I don’t make many pies but this one looks fabulous – wish I had a slice!!

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Lisa August 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Even without a taste, I can tell this is the ultimate cherry pie. The lattice crust is beautiful and the ooze is magnificent! Now I need to go ogle your berry galettes! xo

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SweetSugarBelle August 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

This is beautiful, Lora! We recently had a cherry sale. The kids and I enjoyed it! I’m excited to see what you do with figs!!! They are my favorite!

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Jamie August 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

I haven’t made a cherry pie this summer but yours is giving me the craving. Really pretty. Now if I had family who actually wanted to eat all the baked goods…. lucky you!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm

I can’t remember the last time I had cherry pie. It must have been years ago. And now I’m craving one. As soon as I’m back on both feet, this just might be the first thing I cook!

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Paula August 12, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Hope we don’t mind more pie posts??? Seriously, I never tire of your posts, pie or otherwise. Keep them coming please.

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JulieD August 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Looks gorgeous, Lora!! I love cream pies…those are my favorite.

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