Showstopper Cherry Pie

The piecrust lattice for this gorgeous pie is a work of art! Weave pastry strips across and around straight strips, twisting a few ropes around the edge. Cut leaf shapes from remaining dough to finish creatively. Bake this beauty until golden brown, and serve with whipped cream.

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Pastry for Double-Crust Pie
  • 2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one pastry ball into a 12-inch circle. Fold pastry circle into fourths; transfer to a 9-inch pie pan. Unfold and ease pastry into pie pan without stretching. Trim pastry to edge of pie pan. Spoon cherry pie filling into pastry-lined pan.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll remaining pastry ball into a ¹⁄8-inch-thick rectangle. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut some pastry into strips ranging from ¼ inch to 1½ inches wide.

3. For lattice top, lay some pastry strips on cherry filling in one direction and lay some of the remaining strips in the opposite direction; trim pastry strips to edge of pan.

4. For edging, carefully twist narrow strips together to form a rope. Brush edge of bottom crust with egg to adhere rope along edge, overlapping as needed.

5. Using small leaf-shape cookie cutters, cut remaining rolled pastry. Brush cutouts with egg; attach to pastry rope on pie where edges overlap. Lightly brush top of pie with egg.

6. Bake about 45 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into slices; serve with whipped cream.

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