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East Meets West Cherry Pie RUNNER UP 

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chilled Crisco Butter Flavor shortening
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons chilled gingerale
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Filling

  • 3 (24 oz) jars pitted sour cherries (6 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon Asian 5 spice powder

Crumble

  • 2/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 packed cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon Asian 5 spice powder
  • 1/3 cup butter

Temperature: 375 ° F

Instructions

For crust blend flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture forms pea-sized crumbs. With a fork, stir in enough gingerale until dough holds together. Divide dough into 2 disks, one slightly larger than the other, wrap and chill while preparing filling and crumble. Drain liquid from cherries reserving 1/4 cup. Place cherries in large mixing bowl. Add almond extract to reserved cherry liquid; pour over cherries in bowl. Mix sugar, cornstarch and 5 spice powder; blend well. Sprinkle sugar mixture over cherries and gently fold to combine; set aside. For crumble, in a medium bowl, mix oats, almonds, brown sugar, flour and 5 spice powder; cut in butter till mixture forms coarse crumbs. Heat oven to 500F. On lightly floured board roll out larger disk of dough to fit a 9-inch Emile Henri ruffled pie dish; ease crust into pie dish. Pour cherry filling into crust. Sprinkle crumble evenly over cherries. Roll out remaining dough and cut into strips. Weave strips over top of pie forming a lattice. Press ends of strips into crust rim. Fold bottom pastry over strips; seal and crimp edge. Brush the lattice crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet. Place pie in oven. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 425F. Bake pie for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375F and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until filling bubbles and crust is golden brown. Cool. Garnish with a few fresh cherries, if desired.

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