Classic Sour Cherry Pie with Lattice Crust

You've never had a cherry pie this good, an incredible sour cherry filling, a light and flaky crust, and vanilla ice cream to top it all off. If you can't find sour cherries, use sweet cherries and a little extra lemon juice instead.

Photo by Rachel K.
Adapted from epicurious.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Adapted from epicurious.com

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2

    cups unbleached all purpose flour

  • 1

    tablespoon sugar

  • 3/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 1

    cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 5

    tablespoons (or more) ice water

  • 1

    cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 3

    tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 5

    cups whole pitted sour cherries or dark sweet cherries (about 2 pounds whole unpitted cherries)

  • 1

    teaspoon fresh lemon juice (if using sour cherries) or 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (if using dark sweet cherries)

  • 1/2

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2

    tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1

    tablespoon (about) milk

  • Vanilla ice cream

Directions

Crust: Whisk flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl to blend. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until small pea-size clumps form. Add 5 tablespoons ice water; mix lightly with fork until dough holds together when small pieces are pressed between fingertips, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough together; divide into 2 pieces. Form each piece into ball, then flatten into disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Do ahead Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. Let dough soften slightly before rolling out. FILLING: Position rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 425°F. Whisk 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Stir in cherries, lemon juice, and vanilla; set aside. Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch glass pie dish. Trim dough overhang to 1/2 inch. Roll out second dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round. Using large knife or pastry wheel with fluted edge, cut ten 3/4-inch-wide strips from dough round. Transfer filling to dough-lined dish, mounding slightly in center. Dot with butter. Arrange dough strips atop filling, forming lattice; trim dough strip overhang to 1/2 inch. Fold bottom crust up over ends of strips and crimp edges to seal. Brush lattice crust (not edges) with milk. Sprinkle lattice with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Place pie on rimmed baking sheet and bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Bake pie until filling is bubbling and crust is golden brown, covering edges with foil collar if browning too quickly, about 1 hour longer. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely. Cut into wedges and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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