Break out your red, white, and blue; this patriotic cherry pie is topped with stars and stripes, making it the perfect end-of-dinner treat on July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day, or just about any other night on which you want to celebrate the USA. Have a slice and enjoy.
3 (12-ounce) packages frozen tart red cherries, thawed
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup quick-cooking tapioca
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 egg, lightly beaten
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well blended. Let stand 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, place 1 piecrust in a shallow 9-inch pie plate; trim edges. Cut three-fourths of remaining piecrust into strips. Cut remaining one-fourth piecrust with a 2-inch star cutter.
Spoon cherry mixture into pie plate. Arrange pastry strips and stars on top of filling. Brush pastry with beaten egg.
Bake pie, on a foil-lined baking sheet, 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake 55 minutes or until filling is bubbly and crust is browned. (Shield edges with aluminum foil, if necessary, to prevent excessive browning.)