Apple and Cherry Pie

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Apple Cherry Pie Recipe

Sometimes a good dinner requires a mix of something tart and sweet to finish it off properly. This apple and cherry pie recipe is the perfect solution, combining the tartness of the cooking apples with the sweetness of the cherries.

pie filling

 

You can make this with a closed top crust or with a lattice as I have done in these photos below.

Which are the best apples to use in a pie?

For this pie I used some Bramley cooking apples, which are common in our local supermarket. The advantage of the Bramley apple is that it is quite sour and helps provide the tart taste to the pie.

 

apple cherry pie filling
Before making the latticed pie crust

 

I prefer to use cooking apples in my pies and crumbles for this very reason.

But many other apple types are possible. Granny Smith is a commonly known type often used in apple pies. Golden Delicious is quite a sweet apple that is also often used. Just make sure you use an apple that is quite firm and will not go mushy when cooked or brown too quickly when it has been peeled.

latticed pie crust

 

At the end of the day, it is really up to what you can get locally and what is in season. I use sugar to temper the tartness of the cooking apples, but perhaps if you use a sweeter apple you do not need to do this.

I used frozen cherries in this recipe as we can get them all the year round, but feel free to use fresh ones if you can get them!

apple and cherry tart

 

Closed top crust or lattice?

Well, in this case, it came down to the amount of pastry dough I had to fully cover the pie! Here I was using a 10″ pie dish, and by the time I had rolled out pastry for the base, I only had a limited amount for the top crust of the pie so I decided to make a lattice top of puff pastry.

cherry apple latticed pie
Apple and Cherry Pie

 

I discovered a good way to cut the long thin pieces for the lattice – by using the edge of a ruler (or rule)! I have a triangular scaled ruler which was perfect for cutting the pastry in a straight line. Another handy tip from Gav’s Kitchen!

pie decoration

 

With hindsight, the pie might have looked a bit better if I had weaved the lattice pieces, but at the time it seemed so fiddly with the thin dough I had left over I decided it was not worth the extra effort. After all, it would not have tasted any different and it was for our own consumption!

apple cherry pie recipe

Apple Cherry Lattice Pie

Though this is a very simple recipe, it is something that you might find in many cultures. Many places have apple pies in their cuisine so I doubt any country could claim this as their own.

You could also make this as a ‘crumble’ or ‘cobbler’ or ‘crisp‘ if you prefer, instead of using pastry. If you wish to try this, just use one of the toppings from one of my crumble/crisp recipes, linked below, and replace that for the pastry.

I have used a puff pie pastry, but you could also use a shortcrust pastry if you prefer. That may actually work better if you are making a latticed pie crust. Less chance of the slats breaking.

apple cherry pie with frozen cherries

 

I think this is a great dessert recipe, when served warm. But also it is perfect to serve up at afternoon tea with some fresh cream or clotted cream, and it is certainly one I shall be making more often as it went down very well, both warm and cold.

 

cherry apple tart

 

I hope you enjoy making it, let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make an apple and cherry pie

Apple and Cherry Pie

apple and cherry pie

This delicious apple and cherry pie combines the tartness of the cooking apples and the sweetness of the cherries to make a wonderful dessert, perfect served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large cooking apples (I used Bramley apples), about 530g net after peeling and de-coring
  • 30g butter
  • 30g brown sugar
  • 300g pitted cherries (I used frozen cherries, readily available all year round)
  • 1/4 tsp ground green cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pack of pre-rolled puff pastry
  • Some milk to brush
  • Optional : icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Peel, de-core and chop the apple into smallish pieces (say 1-2 cm cubes).
  2. Melt the butter and sugar in a pan and add the apple pieces. Add the cinnamon and cardamom powder and cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Then add the cherries and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. While the apples are cooking in the pan, prepare the tart dish. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  5. Firstly butter the dish and add a thin layer of flour to prevent the pastry from sticking.
  6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Then add a layer of pastry to the inside of the dish.
  7. Prepare the pastry for the pie crust (either one piece or some long strands to make a lattice - use a ruler to cut the long strands in a staight line).
  8. Fill the tart dish with the apple and cherries. Then cover with the pastry lid you have chosen. Make sure the pastry is well crimped where it meets.
  9. Brush the pastry with some milk. Then place in the oven at 180C for about 40 minutes.

Notes

Serve up hot with cream or vanilla ice cream. Can also be served up cold.

Optional: sprinkle with icing sugar for decoration.

You may wish to try these other typical British dessert recipes:

 

 

 

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