Apple, Pear, and Dried Cherry Pie Recipe
Recently, I have been obsessed with The Great British Baking Show. It’s a baking competition in Britain that focuses on various European style baked goods. The issue with watching this show is my increased need to bake! This week’s episode was all about pies, so what did I do after watching? I made an apple, pear, and dried cherry pie.
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
7-10 tablespoons ice cold water
3 apples (I use Fuji), pealed and diced in 1/2 inch cubes
2 pears (pealed and diced into 1/2 inch cubes)
1/3 cup dried cherries, currants, blueberries or any preferred fruit
5 tablespoons butter, separated
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Granulated sugar, for topping
Directions for Dough
In a electric mixer fitted with a butter cutter combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cubed butter. Mix until the butter cubes have reduced in size to peas. 1 tablespoon at a time, add the ice cold water. Keep mixing as you add the water. Add enough water until the mixture comes together in a dough ball. If you add too much water, add a bit of flour.
This makes enough dough for 2 pies. Place the dough on the counter, cut in half, and knead gently and quickly into a ball. Wrap both dough balls in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Directions for Apples, Pears, and Dried Cherries
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
In a medium sized saute pan, combine 2 tablespoons butter, diced apple, diced pear, dried fruit, lemon juice, salt, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix on medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons flour, mix until combined, and turn off the heat.
On a floured suface, roll out 1 of the pie doughs. Place in a pie tin. Cut the excess dough from the tin edges.
Add the apple and pear mixture. Place the last 3 butter pads on top of the mixture.
Fold the sides of the dough over in folds. Take the egg and whisk it with a fork. Using a baking brush, brush on the egg wash. Sprinkle with a bit of granulated sugar.
Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Then, reduce heat to 375 and bake for an additional 30 minutes. If the dough gets too brown, cover it with foil.
Let cool a bit and enjoy with some vanilla ice cream!
If making a apple, pear, and dried cherry pie sounds like too much work, check out my review of Tradition, a restaurant in Salt Lake City, that makes excellent pies.