From a tree to the table

Cherry pie

It is finally time to pick cherries here. We are having a lot of them this year, which makes me unbelievably happy! So many thoughts in my head about what to do with these red beauties...freeze, bake, preserve... But today i am in the mood for a simple cherry pie.
 

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 260 gram all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp cane sugar
  • 165 gram unsalted butter, very cold and diced
  • 1 1/2 egg yolk (save the rest for brushing)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • pinch of salt

Cherry Filling

  • 700 gram cherries
  • 70 gram sugar
  • 25 gram corn starch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Preparation

1. To make the pastry dough, mix the flour, sugar and salt together. Add cold diced butter and mix it until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Combine the egg yolk and water, pour into the bowl with a flour mixture. Stop mixing the dough when it starts to come together. Wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for about an hour.

2. In the meanwhile, make the filling. Put cherries, vanilla extract, water and lemon juice into a saucepan. Mix sugar and corn starch together in a bowl, then add to cherry mixture. Bring the filling to a boil, it should start to thicken. Boil for a few minutes or until it has the desired consistency (firm, but not so firm that you cannot pour it anymore). Take off the heat and set aside.

3. Grease pie dish. Once cooled, roll out about 2/3 of the pastry to a 28cm circle. Line the pie dish. Prick the bottom all over with a fork. Chill for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F. Roll out the remaining dough on some baking parchment and cut out a desired ornament. 
4. 
Pour the filling into the base, then decorate with the ornament on top (in my case i decided yo make leaves). Brush the tree with some more egg yolk. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool before serving.

Light thin texture of the crust and not too sweet cherry filling makes this pie a perfect summer treat, especially if you add a scoop of vanilla icecream...or two :)T

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