HOLIDAY CHERRY PIE

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Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

SWEET SHORTCRUST PASTRY:
250g plain flour
⅓ cup castor sugar
125g chilled butter, cubed
1 tsp NOMU Holiday Baking Spice
1 egg yolk, whisked into 1 tbsp chilled water
Milk, for brushing

PIE FILLING:
6 cups pitted sweet cherries, fresh or frozen and not defrosted
¾ cup organic granulated cane sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
½ tsp NOMU Cook’s Collection Ground Cinnamon
⅛ tsp NOMU Essentials Cayenne Pepper
⅛ tsp NOMU Atlantic Sea Salt
3 tbsp whiskey
NOMU Cook’s Collection Bourbon Vanilla Sugarto sprinkle

 

Directions

SWEET SHORTCRUST PASTRY:
The golden rule for making shortcrust pastry is to keep the ingredients, bowl, and hands as cool as possible. The easiest way to do this is in a food processor!

Combine the flour, sugar, butter, and NOMU Holiday Baking Spice in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and chilled water and pulse again until the pastry just comes together. Turn the pastry dough onto a lightly floured surface and bring it together into a smooth ball.

Divide the dough into 2 portions of approximately ⅔ and ⅓. Roll the larger piece of dough into a 30cm round, dusting with flour as needed to prevent sticking, and ease the dough into a 22cm pie dish. Trim the dough to a 2cm overhang over the edge of the pie dish, and fold it under itself. Crimp the crust with your thumbs and forefingers, and prick the bottom all over with the tines of a fork. Chill until firm, (at least 30 minutes) or wrap and chill for up to 1 day.

On a floured surface, roll out the smaller piece of dough to a 22cm round, about 5mm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes measuring about 5cm in diameter – we used stars for ours. Place the dough shapes on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper and chill until firm (about 20 minutes).

Blind bake the crust for 15-20 min at 180°C, after laying baking paper over the dough and filling the dish with a layer of dried beans.

PIE FILLING:
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 220ºC. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup, should the cherry juice mess.

Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, NOMU Cook’s Collection Ground Cinnamon, NOMU Essentials Cayenne Pepper, and NOMU Atlantic Sea Salt in a large bowl. Add the cherries and whisky, toss gently to combine, and let sit for 10-20 minutes to draw out the juices.

Spoon the fruit and juices into the blind-baked crust, smoothing it flat. Place the chilled dough shapes over the top of the fruit, overlapping them slightly and leaving lots of windows for the steam to escape. Brush the pastry with milk and sprinkle with the NOMU Cook’s Collection Bourbon Vanilla Sugar.

Place the pie on the lined baking sheet and slide it into the oven. Bake at 220ºC for 15 minutes, then decrease the oven temperature to 190ºC and continue baking until the crust is golden and the fruit is bubbling thickly (35–50 more minutes – err on the side of overbaking so that you avoid a watery filling that doesn’t set).

Let the pie cool completely to set the fruit, (at least 2 hours) then cut into slices and serve at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

TIP: The pie is best shortly after baking and will keep at room temperature for up to 1 day, or refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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