There could be no better way to celebrate Presidents' Day than with a cherry pie. This is for all of you that hate cherry pie. It's nothing like the artificially bright red cherries bound together in a gloopy mess that you find in most cherry pies. This one is a simple fruit pie, much like an apple or peach pie.
The "secret" ingredient. Sour cherries packed in water or light syrup. You do not find these with the pie fillings, but with the canned fruit. (Sn'S does not carry these, but A&P does.)
Drain fruit, mix in a bowl with sugar, cornstarch, almond extract and lemon juice.
I love weaving a lattice top on a cherry pie, but you can also do a closed top. Be sure to dot with butter before putting the top on.
Trim and crimp edges.
Serve with ice cream.
Cherry Pie (from Joy of Cooking)
Pour into a sieve set over a bowl:
3 lbs. bottled or canned cherries
Shake the cherries lightly to drain. Measure 4 cups of fruit and 1/2 c. juice (too watery for me, I just use 1/4 c. juice) and combine with:
3/4 c. sugar for sour cherries in light syrup or 1 1/4 c. sugar for sour cherries packed in water
3 T. cornstarch
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 t. almond extract
Let stand for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425.
Prepare pie crust. (I like pate brisee from MS.) Roll out half the dough and place into a 9" pie pan. (Don't stretch to fit, this is what causes shrinkage.)
Pour cherries into the bottom crust and dot with:
2-3 T. butter cut into small pieces
Roll the remaining dough, cut into strips and weave in a lattice pattern. (You can find more detailed instructions here.) OR roll out top crust, place over fruit and trim overhang. Seal the edges by crimping with a fork. If using a closed top crust, cut steam vents. Bake the pie for 30 min. Slip a baking sheet beneath it, reduce the oven temp to 350 and bake until thick juices bubble through the vents, 25-35 minutes more. Let cool completely on a rack before serving. Store at room temp. for up to 1 day.