One of the best ways to make the most of sweet summer fruits is in an old-fashioned, comforting pie. Whatever get-together you’re planning this weekend — be it a picnic or dinner with friends — spend a leisurely afternoon making this classic pie to serve. It’s filled with fresh cherries, enveloped in a buttery, flaky crust, and topped with a beautiful lattice adorned with festive summer cut-outs.
Latticed Cherry Pie
2 rolled-out rounds of deep-dish piecrust, chilled
1 cup sugar
2 Tbs. arrowroot
2 Tbs. cornstarch
Pinch of salt
2 lb. sweet cherries, such as Royal Ann, Bing or Rainier, pitted
1 egg beaten with 1 tsp. water
Fit 1 dough round into a 9-inch deep-dish pie dish. Cut 7 strips out of the remaining dough round to use for the lattice top. Reroll the scraps and make decorative cutouts using piecrust cutters. Refrigerate the dough-lined pie dish, dough strips and cutouts for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss together the sugar, arrowroot, cornstarch and salt. Add the cherries and stir gently to combine. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 425°F.
Let the pie shell, dough strips and cutouts stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Transfer the filling to the pie shell. Create a woven lattice top, using the longer dough strips near the center of the pie and the shorter ones near the edges. Trim the edges flush with the rim of the dish. Brush the underside of the cutouts with the egg wash and gently press them onto the edges of the piecrust and on top of the lattice as desired. Brush the entire top crust with egg wash.
Bake the pie for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until the juices bubble thickly and the crust is golden, 55 to 60 minutes more; cover the edges with aluminum foil if they begin to darken.
Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let cool for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. Serves 8.