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Classic Cherry Pie

Bring this iconic summer dessert to any upcoming gathering. The fresh, juicy filling packs a punchy cherry flavor that pairs perfectly with the flaky pie crust.
Prep Time3 hrs
Active Time1 hr
Rest Time5 hrs
Total Time9 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherries, cherry pie, classic, pie crust, stone fruit, summer, traditional
Yield: 8
Author: The Cozy Plum

Equipment

  • 9 inch pie pan
  • Rolling Pin
  • Food processor

Materials

Flaky Pie Crust

  • cups all-purpose flour 390g
  • 1 cup + 6 T unsalted butter, cold 311g
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup water ice cold (5.3oz)
  • 1 egg for egg wash
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds optional
  • 1 T turbinado sugar optional

Cherry Filling

  • 5 cups fresh cherries pitted
  • 3 T cornstarch
  • cup white sugar
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ lemon freshly squeezed
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Pie Crust

  • Cube the butter into ½" pieces and place in the freezer. In a bowl, add the water and some ice cubes and set aside. Using a food processor, add the flour and salt to the bowl and pulse to combine. Disperse the butter cold butter evenly over the flour around the bowl.
  • Pulse the mixture until the butter reaches pea-sized pieces and looks crumbly. Add in the about half of the ice cold water, and pulse again until the dough starts to form a ball, adding more water as necessary until it presses together nicely, but it should not feel wet.
  • Remove the dough, separate into two even pieces, then flatten into one-inch discs and wrap each piece of dough in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours. You will need both discs of dough for this recipe.
  • Make the cherry filling while your dough rests (see "Cherry Filling" below for instructions).
  • Once properly chilled, remove from the fridge and wait about 15 minutes for the dough to slightly come to temperature. This will help you roll out your dough without it cracking. Lightly flour your rolling pin and work surface, then roll out one disc of dough until it’s about ⅛ inch thick and is at least 2 inches wider than your pie dish. Continue to lightly flour your surface if the dough begins to stick.
  • Carefully transfer your dough to your pie dish, pressing it into place on the bottom and sides (there will be overhang), then place into the fridge.
  • While the bottom crust is in the fridge, roll out your second piece of dough following the same steps above. Using a ruler, cut your lattice strips evenly to the desired thickness. You can do this with a knife or pizza cutter. If you have never made a lattice crust before, I’d suggest watching this quick tutorial linked in the post.
  • Remove your prepared pie dish and add the cooled cherry filling, spreading lightly to evenly distribute.
  • Whip up the egg in a small bowl and brush just the sides of the pie crust to help the lattice strips adhere. Then, lay your lattice strips and assemble. Trim and crimp the edges, then place the whole pie into the fridge for 30 - 60 minutes. This will help to prevent your pie crust from shrinking.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 F. Remove the pie from the fridge, and egg wash all parts of the crust. Sprinkle sliced almonds and turbinado sugar on top of the lattice, if using.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 425 F, then lower the temperature to 375 F and continue baking for 45 - 60 minutes until the cherry juices are bubbling slightly. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 5 hours.

Cherry Filling

  • Pit 5 cups of fresh cherries, keeping 4 cups of the cherries whole, and cutting the final cup of cherries into halves. This helps to fill any gaps in the filling.
  • Add 4 cups of whole cherries, cornstarch, sugar, salt, and lemon juice to a saucepan over medium heat and cook until the cherries begin to create some juices and the filling thickens up, about 10 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally so nothing sticks or burns. You want to allow the juices to come to a slow boil for the final minute to cook out any cornstarch flavor and allow the filling to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and add the cup of sliced cherries, almond and vanilla extracts, then set aside to cool.

Notes

This pie stores, covered, at room temperature for up to 5 days.