double 9 inch pie shell
4 to 5 cups fresh or frozen sour cherries - pitted
1/4 cup corn starch
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 drops almond extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
egg wash (1 egg with a pinch of salt) for glazing
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Line a 9-inch pie pan with pastry dough (more).
In a large bowl, toss the cherries, corn starch, flour, sugar, almond extract
and lemon juice. Spoon or mound into pie shell. Dot with the unsalted butter.
Wet pie edges with a bit of water (more).
Roll remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place on pie and press securely onto
fruit and edges to seal. Trim edges and crimp. Cut slits for steam to escape.
Brush top of pastry with egg wash.
Place pie on baking
sheets and place on lowest rack in oven. Bake for 20 minutes, reduce heat to
375 F. and bake until juices begin to bubble through steam slits (about 35 to 45
minutes). Cool for 1 hour before serving.