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Michigan Cherry Pie

This tart Michigan cherry pie is delicious with the streusel topping but even better crowned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. —Diane Selich, Vassar, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 45 minutes
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 5 cups frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed and drained or fresh tart cherries, pitted
  • 1-1/4 cups dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • TOPPING:
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll pie dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, toss tart and dried cherries with lemon juice, lemon zest and almond extract. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cornstarch; add to cherry mixture and toss to coat. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbly. Transfer cherry filling to crust; sprinkle topping over filling.
  • Bake on a lower oven rack 45-55 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, serve with ice cream.
Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • A piping or pastry tip can double as a cherry pitter. Just press the tapered end of the tip into the stem end of the cherry and the pit pops out the other side!
  • For a quick cherry crumble, skip the pastry crust and double your topping ingredients. And for a cherry crisp, add 1/2 to 3/4 cups of chopped toasted nuts.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 590 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 99g carbohydrate (65g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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    • annie1992
      Oct 3, 2017

      Using two kinds of cherries, both fresh and dried, adds flavor and texture to this pie. I like the struesel filling too, it adds some crunch and a little extra sweetness in case those cherries are really tart. Warm, it's good with ice cream. AFter it cools, whipped cream is really nice too.