Cherry-Plum Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Recipe from Southern Living

If you don't have a cherry pitter, try inserting a wooden chopstick through the stem end of each cherry to remove the pits.

Total time Yield
6 hours, 50 mins 8 servings

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (about 8 1/2 oz.) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting dough
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. fine yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter (3 oz.), cubed
  • 1/4 cup chilled shortening, cubed
  • 8 to 10 Tbsp. ice water
  • FILLING
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 1/2 pounds red plums, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Directions

  • 1. Prepare the Crust: Place first 4 ingredients in the large bowl of a food processor; pulse 5 times to combine. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 12 to 15 times until mixture resembles small peas. Evenly sprinkle 8 tablespoons ice water over the flour and butter mixture. Pulse 5 times to combine. Pinch dough; if it does not stick together, add up to 2 additional tablespoons, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse 3 to 5 more times after each addition to combine. Turn dough onto a smooth surface, and knead 4 to 5 times to bring together. Divide in half, and form into 2 rounds, about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 to 24 hours.
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  • 2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove dough from the refrigerator; let rest 15 minutes. Place 1 round on a lightly floured piece of wax paper; sprinkle dough with flour. Top with another sheet of wax paper. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness and 13 inches wide. Place on a baking sheet, and return to refrigerator.
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  • 3. Repeat the rolling process with the second round of dough. Remove and discard top sheet of wax paper. Starting at 1 edge, wrap dough around rolling pin, separating dough from bottom sheet of wax paper as you roll. Discard bottom sheet of wax paper. Unroll dough onto a 9-inch pie pan; gently press dough into pie pan. Chill until ready to use.
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  • 4. Prepare the Filling: Combine the cherries, plums, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Combine the dry ingredients with the fruit, and transfer to the prepared pie pan.
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  • 5. Remove the reserved crust from the refrigerator. Cut second dough round into 16 (1/2-inch-wide) strips. Arrange in a lattice design over pie filling. Place pie on a baking sheet. Brush dough with heavy cream, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350°F, and bake until crust is browned and filling is cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving, about 4 hours.
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