My lazy streak came to an end last week. Finally a combination of inspiration and motivation hit, and before I knew it, I was baking a fruit pie. The dough is never the hard part since I always whip up mine in the food processor. For me, it’s a foolproof way to ensure flaky, buttery crust with dough that hasn’t been overworked.
The filling was a cinch, too. For this cherry pie, I just folded the fruit into sugar, cornstarch and vanilla extract. The lattice crust was where I went all out using one of my most trusty kitchen tools, a metal ruler, to create a woven plaid. Once baked and golden brown, I almost hesitated to slice it, but I didn’t think twice after I took that first bite.
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living August 2007
Makes 1 pie
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
2-1/4 sticks (18 tablespoons), cold unsalted butter, cubed
4 to 6 tablespoons ice water
2 pounds fresh cherries, pitted (I used sour cherries.)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten
In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse sand. With the motor running, slowly pour the water through the feeder tube. The dough will come together in about 30 seconds. Divide the dough in half, press into disks, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour up to 2 days.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir together the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one of the dough disks into an 11-inch diameter circle about 1/8-inch-thick. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie plate. Trim the dough.
Roll out the remaining dough into a rough 9-inch-by-12-inch rectangle. Cut into strips. Lay half the strips over the pie. Weave the remaining strips in the opposite direction, folding back the perpendicular strips as you go. (For lattice inspiration, try here and here.) Trim the strips creating a 1-inch overhang, Tuck the strips under the crust and crimp the edges. Brush with the beaten egg.
Bake the pie for 1 hour to 1 hour & 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. If the crust starts browning too quickly, loosely cover with foil.
Cool the pie to room temperature before serving.