Cherry Pie Bliss: A Symphony of Sweet-Tart Perfection
Indulge in the timeless allure of a freshly baked Cherry Pie, where the harmonious blend of sweet and tart flavors dances on your taste buds. This classic dessert captures the essence of comfort and tradition, making it a beloved centerpiece for gatherings, holidays, and everyday moments of indulgence. From the flaky, golden crust to the luscious filling bursting with juicy cherries, every bite of Cherry Pie is a journey into the heartwarming embrace of homemade goodness.
Why Choose Cherry Pie?
Cherry Pie is a culinary masterpiece that encapsulates the simplicity and charm of homemade baking. Its iconic appearance and irresistible aroma evoke feelings of nostalgia and warmth. With its buttery crust and ruby-red filling, Cherry Pie is a timeless dessert that’s both a feast for the eyes and a delight for the palate. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or treating yourself to a slice of comfort, Cherry Pie is a testament to the joy of sharing a homemade classic with loved ones.
Ingredients (Makes one 9-inch pie):
*For the Pie Crust:*
– 2 1/2 cups (315g) all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
– 6-8 tablespoons ice water
*For the Cherry Filling:*
– 4 cups (about 600g) fresh or frozen cherries, pitted
– 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup (30g) cornstarch
– 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– Pinch of salt
*Step 1: Prepare the Pie Crust*
In a food processor, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Add the cold cubed unsalted butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and pulse until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a disk, wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
*Step 2: Roll out the Pie Crust*
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Roll out one of the chilled pie crust disks on a floured surface to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Transfer the rolled-out crust to the pie pan and trim any excess overhang.
*Step 3: Prepare the Cherry Filling*
In a mixing bowl, gently toss the pitted cherries with granulated sugar, cornstarch, almond extract, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the cherries to release some of their juices.
*Step 4: Assemble the Pie*
Pour the cherry filling into the prepared pie crust, spreading it evenly.
*Step 5: Roll out the Top Crust*
Roll out the second chilled pie crust disk on a floured surface. You can either place the whole crust over the pie and trim the edges or cut it into strips to create a lattice pattern.
*Step 6: Seal and Decorate*
If using a whole top crust, trim and crimp the edges to seal the pie. If using a lattice pattern, weave the strips over the filling, crimp the edges, and trim any excess.
*Step 7: Bake the Cherry Pie*
Place the assembled pie on a baking sheet to catch any potential drips. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
*Step 8: Cool and Serve*
Once baked, remove the Cherry Pie from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours. This allows the filling to set.
Cherry Pie is a culinary journey into the heart of tradition and comfort. With its flaky crust and luscious cherry filling, this timeless dessert promises a symphony of sweet-tart perfection that’s as inviting as it is delicious. Whether you’re slicing it up for a holiday feast or savoring a piece on a quiet afternoon, Cherry Pie invites you to embrace the magic of homemade baking and share in the joy of a classic dessert that’s been cherished for generations.