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Cherry Pie

posted Jun 28, 2020, 8:19 PM by Thuy Vuong
Adapted from and, simplified by using a pre-made crust.

2 Pre-made refrigerated pie crust doughs
~4 cups cherries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cherry liqueur or cherry flavored brandy (optional)
1-2 tablespoons butter
1 whole egg
All-purpose Flour
Raw sugar

1. Mix the cherries, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium-size saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries thaw (if frozen) and the cornstarch and sugar dissolve. Reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally to keep cherries from burning, and cook until the mixture thickens slightly. (Total cooking time should be about 20 minutes.) Add liqueur if available, stir and remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature.
2. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly oil the pie tin and roll out the pie dough in the tin. Dust flour across the dough. Roll the edge of the crust under the dough to keep all of the excess contained and to bulk up the crust. 
3. Poke holes with the fork in the dough, all along the bottom and sides of the pie tin. This prevents bubbles.
4. Place the pie in the oven for 10-12 minutes. 
5. Remove the pie from the oven and pour in the cherry filling. Chill in the refrigerator for roughly 5-10 minutes. 
6. Remove from the refrigerator and use the second pie crust as the cover. Crisscross with horizontal strips or use whatever design you prefer. Use any excess dough to patch the crust and make a second layer over it. Take a fork and crust, leaving indents similar to what is seen in the picture.
7. Melt the butter and add the egg and whisk. Brush the mixture onto the dough of the pie, particularly along the crust and dough on top. Sprinkle with raw sugar.
8. Place the pie in the oven again at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through.
9. Lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 30-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is thick and glossy. The filling may bubble over. Remove the pie and let it cool before serving.