Delicious Cherry Pie

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 140 grams (0.5 pound) cold unsalted butter (82.5%), kept in the freezer for 10 minutes
  • 320 grams (11.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 40 grams (1.5 ounces) sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 70 milliliters (2.5 fluid ounces) ice-cold water

For the Filling

  • 300 grams (10.5 ounces) pitted cherries
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) sugar
  • 30 grams (1 ounce) cornstarch

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl

    A large mixing bowl is essential for combining dry and wet ingredients. A sturdy, non-slip bowl makes the process easier and mess-free.

  • Rolling Pin

    Choose a heavy rolling pin for evenly rolling out the dough. Lightly flour it to avoid the dough sticking.

  • Pie Dish

    A standard 9-inch pie dish works best. Ensure it’s deep enough to hold the juicy cherry filling.

  • Pastry Brush

    A must-have for brushing the egg yolk on top of the dough lattice, giving it that perfect golden sheen.

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare the Dough

Combine the dry ingredients and add the cold butter diced into cubes. Use your hands to create an even crumb mixture.
Mix the egg yolk with the ice-cold water and add it to the dough.
Knead the dough by hand, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour (or freeze for 30-40 minutes).

Step 2

Prepare the Filling

While the dough is chilling, combine all the filling ingredients.

Step 3

Assemble the Pie

Roll out two-thirds of the dough and place it in a pie dish, creating an edge along the sides.
Roll out the remaining dough and cut it into strips.
Pour the filling into the dough-lined pie dish, then place the dough strips on top to form a lattice pattern.
Brush the top with egg yolk, sprinkle with sugar, and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 40-45 minutes.

Step 4

Serve

Cool the pie and serve with ice cream.

Servings

Imagine this: You've just made the perfect cherry pie, and it's time to serve. *Fancy Dinner Party:* Place the pie on a beautiful cake stand, and serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for that elegant touch. ✨ Decorate the plate with a small mint leaf and a couple of fresh cherries for extra flair. *Casual Family Gathering:* Serve the pie warm, straight from the dish. Offer additional toppings like a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, or a sprinkle of crushed nuts. 🍒 Each slice can also be paired with a cozy mug of hot cocoa or a frothy cappuccino. *Picnic Delight:* Cut the pie into smaller, portable pieces. Pack them in airtight containers and bring along some fresh lemonade or iced tea. 🍋 Enjoy the pie al fresco, and watch the cherry-stained smiles spread across everyone's face. Remember: Cherry pie is best enjoyed fresh but can also be a delightful next-day treat.

Variations

For those with dietary restrictions, fret not! You can still enjoy this delicious pie. *Gluten-Free:* Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure the blend contains xanthan gum to help bind the dough. Add a pinch more water, if necessary, to achieve the right consistency. *Vegan-Friendly:* Replace butter with vegan butter or margarine, ensuring it's cold and firm. Substitute the egg yolk with a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp water). For the brushing on top, use a mixture of maple syrup and a touch of non-dairy milk to get the golden color. 🌱 **Enjoy these variations without compromising on flavor or texture!**

Faq

  • How do I know if my dough is properly chilled?

    Your dough should feel firm to the touch but still pliable. If it feels too soft, give it more refrigeration time.

  • Can I use frozen cherries?

    Yes! If using frozen cherries, make sure to thaw and drain them well to avoid a soggy pie.

  • Why is my crust not flaky?

    Ensure your butter is extremely cold when mixing with the flour. This coldness creates steam pockets in the oven, resulting in a flaky crust.

  • Can I prep the pie in advance?

    Absolutely. You can prepare the dough and filling separately and refrigerate them overnight. Assemble and bake just before serving.

  • How can I prevent my pie crust from getting soggy?

    Blind bake the crust (baking the crust without filling) for about 10 minutes before adding your filling can help. Also, ensure the filling isn’t too liquidy.

  • What’s the best way to store leftover pie?

    Cover the pie with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to 2 days, or refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Nutrition facts

Delicious Cherry Pie
Recipe Yield:8 servings
Calories:Approximately 325 calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):300 - 350
Total Fat:17g
Saturated Fat:10g
Protein:4g
Total Carbohydrate:38g
Total Sugars:20g