Happy 4th of July, everyone. I tried to figure out what's the most American food there is? You have burgers, hot dogs, mac&cheese, peanut butter etc. But for me, the most american food ever is Cherry Pie. I remember as a kid watching old American movies or shows on the telly and there was always a cherry pie involved somehow. Cooling on a window ledge. So I leave you with a recipe of a wonderful cherry pie I did for the summer issue of Sweet Paul Magazine.
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Serves 10

2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup cold butter, in pieces
1/4 cup iced water
2 pounds cherries, pitted
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

  1. In a food processor, combine flour, salt, sugar and butter.
  2. Pulse until coarse.
  3. Add water and pulse until it holds together.
  4. Wrap in plastic and place in it the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. Take it out and cut in half.
  6. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Place in a 9 inch pie plate.
  8. Cut off any excess dough.
  9. In a large bowl toss cherries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.
  10. Fill the pie with the mixture.
  11. Roll out the rest of the dough and cut into 1 1/2 inch strips.
  12. Weave strips over filling. Press to seal on the edges.
  13. Brush lattice with egg wash.
  14. Bake until filling is bubbling and crust golden, about 40 minutes.
  15. Cool on a window ledge.


Photography by Hector Sanchez

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