Cherry Pie holds


In the heartwarming embrace of a summer’s day, where the sun’s golden tendrils dance upon nature’s canvas, there’s a dessert that encapsulates the essence of this season like no other. Behold, the Cherry Pie – a tantalizing creation that marries the tartness of ripe cherries with the delicate flakiness of pastry, delivering a sensation that lingers like a cherished memory.



(Serves 8)

For the Crust:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:

  • 4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • A pinch of salt

For the Egg Wash:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water


Step by Step:

  1. Creating the Cradle of Goodness: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Gradually add in the cubed butter, using a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle in the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and gently mix until the dough just holds together. Divide it into two portions, flatten them into discs, wrap in plastic, and let them chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Crafting the Filling Poetry: In a mixing bowl, gently stir together the pitted cherries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, almond extract, and that tiny pinch of salt. Let this symphony of flavors sit for 15 minutes, allowing the cherries to release their tempting juices.
  3. The Union: Crust and Filling Ballet: Roll out one of the chilled dough discs on a floured surface to fit your pie dish. Gently nestle it in, letting the excess drape over the sides. Pour in the cherry medley – this is where fruit meets destiny.
  4. Lattice Elegance: Roll out the second dough disc and cut it into strips to weave into a lattice pattern over the filling. This step isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s the unveiling of anticipation.
  5. Egg Wash Grandeur: In a small bowl, beat the egg and water together. Brush this mixture over the lattice and the exposed crust – your pie’s golden ticket to a breathtaking finish.
  6. Oven’s Embrace: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any exuberant drips. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the crust is a rich golden hue and the juices bubble with an irrepressible zest.



As the aroma of baked cherries and buttery crust wafts through the air, you’ll know the time has come. Remove the Cherry Pie from the oven and let it cool – a task easier said than done, for the allure is undeniable. Each slice is a portal to summer’s embrace, a cascade of flavors that spark memories of picnics and laughter under the sun. So, gather your loved ones, share a slice of this divine creation, and savor life’s sweetest moments.

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