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Cherry Pie III

Cherry Pie III

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Beth Campbell

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

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  • Calories:
  • 506 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 27.5 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 62.9g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 61 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  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.
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Reviews

JLeigh
243
4/6/2007

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. Make sure you drain the cherries thoroughly. I also opted to use Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crust. The pie got rave reviews, and people were astonished that the cherries were canned and the pie crust was not homemade - that's how fresh this pie tasted. Last but not least, using the canned cherries and a ready-to-go pie crust made this recipe a snap to make!

Marie212
131
2/1/2005

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 sugar, .5 tea more cornstarch), called Cherry Pie IV. That recipe calls for 2 POUNDS pie cherries, not 2 cups. If you transfer the cups to pounds, you'll have a perfect pie. Thanks Beth!

MYPRETTYPEONIES
89
12/1/2006

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 the extract entirely. I used Pillsbury pie crust which made making these a snap. You really have to boil the filling or it won't thicken. This tends to mash up the cherries, so I might add the third can late in the cooking process to keep some of their shape. I can hardly wait to make this again! Yum yum!