Roasted Cherry Pie with Black Pepper Buttermilk Crust
Courtesy of Chef Jonathan Chovancek for Bittered Sling Extracts.
4 ½ cups cherries, pitted and halved
3 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
½ tsp salt
¾ tsp wildflower honey, warmed
2 pods star anise, toasted and finely ground in a spice grinder
1 Tbsp Bittered Sling Suius Cherry ExtractDough & Assembly
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp pepper mill-cracked roasted black pepper
1 cup unsalted butter, cold
½ cup buttermilk, cold and well-shakenCream
2 cups whipping cream
1 Tbsp buttermilk
1 tsp Bittered Sling Orange & Juniper Extract
1. In a large mixing bowl combine the cherries, tapioca, salt, warm honey, star anise and Bittered Sling Suius Cherry Extract. Let sit in the refrigerator for 30–60 minutes. Do this while you are making your dough.Dough & Assembly
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and pepper. Add the cold butter in small clumps. Use your fingertips to bring the flour mixture and butter together quickly, until the mixture resembles little beach rocks. Add buttermilk and combine into dough, without over mixing.
2. Divide the dough in half. Turn each half onto a large parchment and place another parchment over top. Roll and shape each dough into a 1 cm-thick disk. Refrigerate until firm.
3. Once firm, roll the dough out on a floured counter. Roll one ball to approximately 25 cm diameter and ¼ cm thick. This is the bottom crust. Roll the second ball to approximately 20 cm diameter and reserve for the top crust.
4. Use your rolling pin to wrap and gently lift the bottom crust onto your pie plate. You can brush the pie plate with a little unsalted butter but it is not necessary. If you break the dough, patch it with extra dough and some egg wash. Use kitchen scissors or a paring knife to trim the edges of the dough, leaving 2 cm of dough overhanging the edge of the pie plate. Refrigerate again until the dough is cold.
5. Stir the filling, then pour into the bottom crust; leave ½ cm of dough exposed around the top. Brush the exposed dough with egg wash and lay on the top crust using the same roller-lift method. Cut five little slits through the top crust to let out steam, and press the top and bottom edges together. Create a border with the back of a spoon and brush the entire top with egg wash. Sprinkle coarse sugar and a generous amount of pepper mill-cracked, roasted black pepper over top of the crust.
6. Put the pie on two doubled-up baking sheets (this helps conduct heat evenly on the bottom) and into a preheated 400°F (205°C) oven.
7. Bake 50–70 minutes, until golden brown and filling gently bubbles. Let cool 3 hours before serving.Cream
1. While you wait for the pie to bake, combine the whipping cream, buttermilk and Bittered Sling Orange & Juniper Extract in a large mixing bowl. Whip until soft peaks form; chill until ready to serve.