Scott and I got it in our minds that we wanted cherry pie on Memorial Day. Luckily, the essential cookbook Joy of Cooking (by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker) had an easy recipe, and success was ours! We served it with vegan chocolate sorbet (recipe here) for an out-of-this-world dessert experience.
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. sugar
1 t. salt
6 T. vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance.)
1/4 c. chilled vegetable shortening (Again, I use Earth Balance.)
6 T. ICE-COLD water plus up to another 1 T.
Sift the flour, sugar, and salt together. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, cut half of the margarine into the flour mixture until it has the consistency of cornmeal. Cut in the remaining margarine and then the shortening until it is pea-sized.
Sprinkle the flour mixture with 6 T. ice-cold water. Blend gently until it just holds together. If necessary to hold the ingredients together, add up to 1 T. more ice-cold water.
Divid the dough into halves. Form the dough halves into discs, wrap each with plastic wrap, and allow the discs to "rest" in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. While the dough is resting, prepare the filling.
5 cups pitted sour cherries or Bing cherries (about 2 - 2.5 lbs.)
sugar - use 1 1/4 c. if your cherries are sour, 3/4 c. sugar if your cherries are Bing
3 - 3 1/2 T. cornstarch
2 T. water
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 t. almond extract
2 - 3 T. vegan margarine, cut into small chunks
Combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, water, lemon juice, and almond extract in a large bowl, and allow the mixture to stand for 15 minutes.
PUTTING THE PIE TOGETHER
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Roll out one disc of pie dough to line your 9- or 10-inch pie plate. Line the pie plate. Pour the cherry filling into the bottom crust, and dot the filling with the remaining 2 - 3 T. vegan margarine chunks.
Roll out the top crust to a circle large enough to cover the pie. Brush water around the edges of the bottom crust, and lay the top crust over it. Use your fingers to seal the 2 crusts together. Prick the top crust with a fork or otherwise create vents. (I used a very small star-shaped cookie cutter.)
Bake about 55 - 65 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Cool completely on a rack.