Snowflake Cherry Pie

In Christmas in Homestead, two of the main characters, a brother and sister, argue over the fact he's falling for another character named Jessica. To top off that spat, they argue over a piece of cherry pie. This recipe, inspired by the move and e-book, will give you a cherry pie so beautiful, it could be a table centerpiece itself.

Snowflake Cherry Pie

Prep Time

45 minutes

Cook Time

70 minutes

Serves

12 people

This recipe for Snowflake Cherry Pie is featured in the recently released Christmas in Homestead e-book, written by Kara Tate, from Hallmark Publishing.

In Christmas in Homestead, two of the main characters, a brother and sister, argue over the fact he’s falling for another character named Jessica. To top off that spat, they argue over a piece of cherry pie. This recipe, inspired by the move and e-book, will give you a cherry pie so beautiful, it could be a table centerpiece itself.

This is one of a series of four e-books launched by Hallmark as companions to four of this year’s warm and inspiring Christmas movies. Each features a recipe for food referenced in the corresponding movie and e-book.

Click below to find recipes from the other three e-books, with links to the e-books on Amazon.

Heavenly Angel Food Cake with Vanilla Bean Crème Anglaise from A Heavenly Christmas

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Christmas Comet Cookies from Journey Back to Christmas

Christmas Biscuits with Sugar Plum Jam from Love You Like Christmas

 

Recipe used with permission of Hallmark Publishing.

Ingredients

Pie Filling:

  • 9 cups (three 1-pound packages) frozen tart red cherries, thawed
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pie Crust:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, chilled, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • 2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar

Preparation

  • 1 Place cherries in a heavy sauce pan; simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a bowl and mix to blend. Add to cherries; using a spatula, gently stir to blend. Add lemon juice, butter and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened. Chill.
  • 2 To prepare pie crust: combine flour, sugar and salt in food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse to blend. Add butter and shortening; pulse briefly until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-size pieces of butter and shortening. With machine running, add cold water until the dough forms a ball. Shape dough into 2 pie crust disks, cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • 3 Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • 4 Lightly flour work surface; roll out 1 pie crust disk into a 12- to 14-inch circle, rotating dough as you go to prevent sticking. Transfer to 9-inch deep-dish pie pan, draping dough over outer edges. Cut excess dough and crimp edges. Chill crust.
  • 5 Roll out remaining disk. Using a variety of snowflake cookie cutters, cut into snowflake shapes. Transfer to baking sheet, brush lightly with water and sprinkle with sparkling sugar. Chill 5 minutes.
  • 6 Pour chilled filling into chilled pie crust. Top with snowflake cut-outs in a random pattern.
  • 7 Bake for 70 minutes, or until filling is bubbling in the center and crust is golden brown. Cool before serving.

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