Today I’m doing a Cherry Pie with Pie Pastry, Pie Pastry being Grandma’s recipe here. It’s part Valentine gift to my husband (cherry pie being his favorite) and part in honor of President’s Day. Thank goodness George Washington and his chopping down of the cherry tree (even though I think they’ve proven that story untrue) gives us a reason to have cherry pie. Cherry pie, when you use the filling from a can, is one of the easiest pies to start out with if you’re just learning how to make pie. I’m 2 years old in this photo and I’m sure I was upset because I wanted to make a pie and they wouldn’t let me. No lie.
I was in the kitchen, after all.
I started making cherry pie when I was about 10 years old and probably haven’t made it since I was about 12. Even though cherry pie is my husband’s favorite, I haven’t made it over the years – I mean really, you just open a can. Ha. I moved on to bigger and better things – like Blueberry Pie.
This Pie Pastry was interesting when baked, as you’ll see later.
Here is the recipe as I made it:
Cherry Pie with Pie Pastry
Sift together (I use a wire whisk to do this):
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Use a pastry blender to blend in:
2/3 cups lard (yes – I did use lard for this one)
Add (by mixing with a fork):
4 Tablespoons cold water (I ended up using 6 – maybe because of how dry it is in our house this time of year)
Mix until dough comes together (I used my hands at the end to make sure all it all stayed together in a ball).
Makes enough for a double crust pie.
Roll out bottom crust and put into pie plate (I still roll it between two sheets of plastic wrap-no sticking).
Fill with your favorite pie filling.
Roll out top crust and put on top of pie (here I cut strips for a lattice top).
Bake at 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.
Yes – I’ve come around to using lard – it really does make it sooooo flaky. Make the pieces about pea sized once you cut it into the dry ingredients.
Split the dough in two and start with the bottom crust first. Use a sharp knife against the edge of the pie plate to cut off the excess.
Put in your can of cherry (or any other kind you want to use) pie filling.
I use my 30-year-old pizza cutter to cut the strips for the lattice top. Just weave them in and out or just lay them on top of each other in a woven-type pattern. Then I used an egg wash and some sanding sugar on the top to add a little sparkle.
Here’s the interesting thing about the pastry after it was baked. It puffed up! You can see how much thicker it looks after baking. It’s not really thicker – it’s puffed and flaky. That’s what happens when you use baking powder in the dough.
This pie pastry is a good contrast to the sweet filling. It’s light and flaky, and really holds up well to the pie filling.
Happy President’s Day, everyone! I cannot tell a lie – this pie is delicious!