How To Make A Cherry Pie
A cherry pie is always a winner with guests in Winter or at Christmas time. Making a cherry pie is very easy and is even more impressive with a lattice pie top. Save yourself some money from buying a cherry pie from a shop and make one yourself instead. It will taste much better and will have your own personal touch.
What you'll need:
400 grams plain flour
225 grams butter
60 ml water
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
800 grams rinsed and pitted cherries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cinnamon
100 grams sugar
Food processor (optional)
Put flour and 2 tablespoons sugar into food processor and blend for a few seconds. Add the butter and continue to blend ingredients until it’s a crumbly mixture. Pour the water slowly into mixture while it’s blending. Stop blending when the dough is moist and forms together. Transfer dough to a bowl and form into a firm ball with your hands. Divide the dough into two and wrap each one in cling film and refrigerate for 25 minutes.
In a large or medium saucepan put in the 1 cup of sugar and a little water. Dissolve the sugar and add the cherries, lemon and cinnamon over medium heat. Cook until mixture is slightly thick in texture and remove from the heat.
Dust your work surface with some flour. Take one of the dough balls and roll it out with the rolling pin to the size of your pie pan. Carefully lift the rolled out dough and cover your pie pan with it. Transfer the cherry mixture unto the pie base.
Take the other dough ball and roll out so it’s big enough to cover the pie top. You can then cut the pastry into strips to lattice the pie top. You can also just cover the pie top with the pastry as it is.
Cut off excess pastry and seal the pastry edges together. If the pie is completely covered in pastry, make sure you cut slits in pie top for vent. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Let it cool and serve with a dollop of ice cream or custard.
You can vary this cherry pie recipe according to your taste. You can also turn this pie into a blueberry pie instead as well. If you want to make this pie for vegans, you can use vegan butter instead.
You can add some blueberries or apples to the cherry filling.
You can use tart or sweet cherries for this pie recipe.
You can add more or less sugar if you want.
If you want a shiny pie top, you can glaze the pie top with egg or milk before baking.