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Directions for: Baby Cherry Pies

Ingredients

For the Crust

2-1/2 all purpose flour

½ tsp fine salt

½ cup cold unsalted butter

½ cup vegetable shortening

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

¼ cup ice cold water

For the Cherry Filling

6 cup pitted tart cherries

1-1/2 cups sugar

dash ground cinnamon

4 ½ Tbsp cornstarch

1 egg mixed with 2 tbsp (25 ml) cold water, for brushing

sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling

Directions

For the Crust

1. For crust, combine flour with salt. Cut in butter and shortening until dough is a rough crumbly texture. Add lemon juice and water and blend just until dough comes together. Shape into a disc, wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

2. For filling, bring cherries, sugar and cinnamon up to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring often. Whisk cornstarch with ¼ cup cold water and stir into cherries. Cook until thickened, then remove from heat and cool.

3. For a regular pie, preheat oven to 400°F. Cut dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out once piece of dough into a circle large enough to fit a 9-inch pie pan. Line pan with pastry and trim edges. Spoon cherry filling into shell. Roll out remaining dough to fit on top and cut a 1-inch hole in center of pie. Brush pie with eggwash and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Place pie onto a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and continue cooking until crust is a rich golden brown. Cool pie for an hour before slicing.

4. Alternately, for 12 mini pies, roll out two-thirds of dough and cut circles to line 12 regular muffin cups. Fill with cherry filling. Roll out remaining dough and cut into ½-inch strips. On a lightly floured surface, make a lattice-top pattern then, with a 2 ½-inch cookie cutter cut 12 lattice tops and with a spatula gently place each on pie filling, cinching edges gently. Brush with eggwash, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 5 minutes at 375°F, then for about 25 minutes at 350°F.

For the Cherry Filling

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http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/baby-cherry-pies/10107/