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Cherry Pie III

Rated as 4.57 out of 5 Stars

"This is the 1999 American Pie Council's National Pie Championship first-place winner in the Fruit and Berry Category."
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Ingredients

3 h servings 506 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9-inch pie)

Directions

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  1. Cut the shortening into the flour and salt with the whisking blades of a stand mixer until the crumbs are pea-sized. Mix in cold water by hand just until the dough holds together. Divide the dough in half and form it into two disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled through, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Roll out one disk of dough into a 11-inch circle. Line a 9-inch pie pan with pastry. Refrigerate until needed. Roll out the dough for the top crust, transfer it to a plate or baking sheet, and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place a baking tray in the oven to preheat.
  4. Place the cherries, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium-sized non-aluminum saucepan. Allow the mixture to stand for 10 minutes, or until the sugar draws out the cherries' juices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat; simmer for 1 minute, or until the juices thicken and become translucent. Remove pan from heat, and stir in butter and almond extract. Allow the filling to cool to lukewarm. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Cover with top crust, crimp the edges to seal, and cut vents for steam.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F (190 degree C) oven on the baking tray for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for several hours before slicing.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 506 calories; 27.5 g fat; 62.9 g carbohydrates; 3.6 g protein; 4 mg cholesterol; 13 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This recipe is superb. Since I didn't have the time to work with fresh cherries, both times I have made this I have used 2-3 cans of Oregon Fruit Products® pitted red tart cherries in water. Mak...

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Made this recipe twice. First time I followed the recipe exactly and found that there wasn't enough filling and that I wasn't crazy about the cornstarch method for thickening. Second time I used...

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This recipe is superb. Since I didn't have the time to work with fresh cherries, both times I have made this I have used 2-3 cans of Oregon Fruit Products® pitted red tart cherries in water. Mak...

This is a great pie! For everyone who said there are not enough cherries in this recipe, you're completely right. However Beth also put up this exact same recipe with a few changes (1/8 cup less...

This is my favorite pie of all time! I made it for Thanksgiving and took some of the suggestions of others. I used 3 cans of Oregon Fruit tart cherries and drained them really well. I omitted...

Oh, boy. SO good. I did make some changes, but this recipe was my starting-off point. I used a cup of almond flour (available at health food stores & Trader Joe's - or just grind almonds with a ...

This pie comes out awesome every time!! Two things I did different were let it simmer for 5 minutes, really makes it thick and such a nice deep red colour. Also since I don't have alot of coun...

Made this recipe twice. First time I followed the recipe exactly and found that there wasn't enough filling and that I wasn't crazy about the cornstarch method for thickening. Second time I used...

This was my first attempt at making a pie from scratch, and it turned out very well! Easy to make. I used tart cherries, but 2 cups is not enough; use at least 3. TIP: when making the crust, rol...

Excellent flavor, but I used 4 cups of cherries instead of 2.

I normally don't like cherry pie, but I'm building my pie making skills and what's "pie maker" without cherry pie in her portfolio? Glad I used this recipe thanks to all the reviews as well. I o...