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.
Recipe used with permission of Hallmark Publishing.
- 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
- 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
- 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.