This is the best cherry pie recipe you will ever make. My homemade cherry filling made with fresh or frozen cherries takes just 5 minutes to make is baked in between buttery flaky homemade double pie crusts.
In a food processor add the flour, salt, chilled cubed butter Pulse for 30 seconds until it resembles coarse bread crumb consistency. Pro tip - You can also do this in a bowl using a pastry blender or fork.
Combine the egg with cold water and add it to the mixture. Pulse or combine for 30 seconds more. Pro tip - the mixture will still be crumbly but when squished with your fingers it will shape into a dough. So, don't over mix or pulse too much.
Pour the mixture onto a work surface. Bring all the crumbs together and shape it into a ball. Divide the ball into two discs. One larger for the bottom and the second a little smaller for the top. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 to 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll. Pro tip - If you flatten the dough into a larger disc it will chill faster and you will have to wait for much less time.
Roll the larger dough onto a lightly floured surface. Start with a tapping motion, then roll from the center out. Pro tip - if the dough cracks too much, means it's too cold. Let it at room temperature for 5 to 7 minutes.
Use your 9-inch tart pan as a guide to know how big you need to roll it. When you reach the desired size, transfer the dough without cracking. Gently fit it to the pan, especially in the bottom edges. Pro tip - To transfer the dough without cracking too much, I like to roll the dough onto my rolling pin then unroll it over the pan.
Remove the excess dough and neaten the edges of the tart pan,Pro tip - I like to roll my rolling pin over the tart to cut off the excess around the edges. Then neaten the edges by running your thumb along the edges.
Chill the pie crust in the fridge for 15 minutes up to 48 hours. Pro tip - if leaving for a long time make sure to wrap in plastic so it does not dry out.
Preheat the oven at 400°F / 200°C/ Gas Mark 6Pro tip- it is very essential that the oven is heated to the optimal temperature otherwise the crust can shrink when baking.
Dock the chilled pastry all over with a fork to prevent the pastry from puffing up. Line the pie with parchment paper. Then, fill the center with pie weights or baking beans (dry beans).
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and parchment paper. Cool for 5 minutes before adding the filling. Pro tip - this is called blind baking the crust. We do this so that the pastry will be partially cooked before we add the filling.
Prepare top crust
Roll the second disc of the pie crust a little larger than the size of the pie bottom. Place the crust on a parchment paper so it’s easier to transfer.
Using the pie bottom as a guide cut the crust into a disc (see video). Now use a star cookie cutter and cut out the star shapes all over the crust – starting from the center out or center out.Pro tip - a chilled dough will make clean cuts , if necessary place the base in the firdge for 10 minutes.
Save the star cutouts to use as decorations for the cherry pie. Place the crust in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes or until ready to use.
Wash and deseed/pit the cherries (remove seeds from the cherries).
In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the cherries, sugar, lemon juice, and ¼ cup water. Cook on low to medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Use a vegetable masher to mash some of the fruit. Pro tip - Mashing will add a nice thicker consistency to the topping but make sure to leave some cherries whole.
Combine the remaining water with cornstarch. Add it to the saucepan. Continue to cook on low heat until the filling is thick and glossy. When thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon or spatula it's ready.Pro tip - Cornstarch can settle to the bottom of the water. So, you must stir it just before adding it to the saucepan.
Remove and pour into a mason jar. Let cool completely or use as directed in your recipe. Pro tip - The filling will thicken as it cools so keep that in mind when you take it off the heat.
Baking the cherry pie
Reduce oven temperature to 350°F/ 177°C/ Gas mark 4
Pour the cherry pie filling into the partially baked pie crust. Place the top crust on the top. Then place the star cuts outs all over the top as decorationsPro tip - I like to use a cake lifter to transfer the disc from baking tray to pie to preven breakage.
Combine the egg yolk and cream for egg wash. Brush the top crust generously with egg wash. Sprinkle white coarse sugar over the top crust.
Bake on the center rack for further 35 to 45 minutes or until the top crust is lightly golden.Pro tip - Place the pie on a baking tray for each cleanup in case of spillage. If the pie edges brown to quickly cover the edges with aluminum foil or a pie shield
Serving the cherry pie
Chill the pie for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. The cherry filling is very hot and bubbling so never touch it and never serve it hot.Pro tip - Cooling the pie also helps thicken the pie filling giving you pretty pie slices otherwise the pie filling will be messy if cut warm.
While cherry pie is very popularly made with fresh cherries you can certainly make it with frozen cherries too.
You can make this pie up to 4 days ahead of time. Or you can make the different elements ahead of time and then assemble the tart a day before.
The cherry filling and the pie crust dough can both be made in advance. They will stay in the fridge for up to 5 days or can be frozen for up to a month.
Taste cherries to see how sweet or sour they are and if necessary increase or reduce the sugar accordingly.
Do not make haste with the pie crust. And do not skip the chilling time. It is best to work with chilled pie dough for the best results. This way it rolls easily and does not shrink in the oven when baking.
When cooking the cherry filling keep the heat on low otherwise all the water will evaporate quickly without cooking the starch. This can result in a starchy pie. Instead, cook on low until the filling turns for an opaque to wonderfully shiny glossy filling.
When baking the cherry pie, keep a close eye for the last 20 minutes. If the top crust is becoming too dark, tent it with aluminum foil or cover the edges with a
Chill the pie for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. Cooling the pie will thicken the pie filling giving you pretty pie slices otherwise the warm pie filling will spill out of the slices
Freezing baked cherry pie - I like to use an aluminum pie baking tray for my frozen pies. Once baked cool then place in the freezer. Once frozen wrap well in plastic and into a freezer storage bag. Leaving the baking tray will ensure the crust does not break when thawing. For best results thaw in the fridge overnight.
The one thing that puts me off about pies or tarts is when the crust is soaked with juices. I want a nice juicy filling with a crisp and flaky crust. How do you do that? Two things -
First, you cook the cherries so all the moisture is evaporated. This prevents the juices from soaking into the crust.
Second, you prebake the pie crust so when you add the filling it won't absorb the thick juices.
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