Pear-Cherry Pie with Cheddar Crust
Cheddar cheese gives this crust a unique, out-of-this-world flakiness.
Yield: Makes 8 servings
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Total: 3 Hours
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 1 cup finely grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons cold heavy cream
- 4 to 5 Tbsp. ice-cold water
- 3 1/4 pounds Bartlett pears, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1. Pulse first 2 ingredients and 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar in a food processor 3 or 4 times or until combined. Add cheese and butter; pulse 10 to 12 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle cream and water over mixture; pulse 4 or 5 times or just until moist clumps form. Divide dough in half, and flatten into disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes.
- 2. Meanwhile, stir together pears, next 7 ingredients, and remaining 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar in a large bowl.
- 3. Preheat oven to 400°. Roll 1 dough disk into a 12 1/2-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Fit piecrust into a 10-inch pie plate; fold edges under, and crimp. Spoon pear mixture into crust.
- 4. Roll remaining dough disk to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, and cut into 6 (2 1/2-inch) strips. Arrange strips in a lattice design over filling; press ends of strips into crust, sealing to bottom crust, and crimp. (Reroll scraps if you do not have enough strips to cover pie.) Whisk together egg and 2 Tbsp. water. Brush lattice with egg mixture.
- 5. Bake at 400° for 55 minutes to 1 hour, shielding with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let cool on a wire rack 1 hour.
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