More Great Recipes: Pie

Cherry Almond Pie by Paul Mollica


User Avatar
Member since 2012

Serves | Prep Time | Cook Time

Ingredients

Crust ingredients:
230gm/2 cps pastry flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. finely ground blanched almonds (use a blender)
1 1/2 sticks butter (12 tbsp.), cubed and frozen
4 1/2 oz cream cheese, cubed/sliced
2 Tbsp. ice water
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar (white will work in a pinch)

Filling:
1 1/2 lbs sour cherries, pitted.
generous 3/4 cups/6 oz. sugar, superfine preferred but not essential (adjust sugar to your preference, but don't underdo too much or the filling won't set)
2 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp. pure almond extract


Crust:


Do this step one day in advance.


Sift first three ingredients, stir in nuts. In food processor, pulse dry ingredients with butter until butter is reduced to size of peas. Add cream cheese, then pulse until consistency of clumpy sand. Pulse water, then vinegar. Dough should hold together loosely; if not, add a spot of water (do not overdo). Transfer to sealable plastic gallon-size plastic bag and kneed. Store in fridge overnight (up to three days).


Next day, roll out crust. Warning: the dough goes soft very fast, esp. in the summer months, so move quickly (leave the part you are not rolling in the fridge).


Filling:


Thoroughly (and I mean thoroughly) sift/combine sugar, salt and cornstarch. Combine with cherries, add extract, and thoroughly stir. Let sit 10-60 minutes. Pour into crust and top.


Pre-heat oven 20 minutes at 425F. Bake pie in lower rack on cookie sheet. Time for 40-50 minutes; pie will bubbly and puffy. Use a foil ring around the edges after 15 minutes to prevent darkening.


Pairs Well With


Notes

Paul's sour cherry pie took First Place in the Fruit Category

One key to the success of this recipe is using fresh cherries in season. Sour cherries have a short season in the Midwest in June/July, so be prepared to pounce on them. We eat several of these pies in season. I usually buy 6 quarts from the farmer's market to set aside pitted and frozen for later use. Frozen cherries work very well.

Photo by Jerry Coyne, used with permission http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2013

'CHEF' the Film Cookbook: Recipes from El Jefe
By CHEF the Film

6 Recipes

11261 Downloads
FREE
Disney's Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings Cookbook
By BakeSpace Fairies

6 Recipes

450 Downloads
FREE
The Official "Burnt" Movie Cookbook
By Burnt Movie Cookbook

7 Recipes

51076 Downloads
FREE
Torta Cubana
Torta Cubana
Mixed Berry Tart
Mixed Berry Tart
Oreo Balls
Oreo Balls