I'm not going to be modest here: this is the best cherry pie I have ever eaten in my life. It is one of the best pies I have ever made. I think the secret to it was that I bought an enormous amount of fresh cherries from the farmer's market this weekend.
I brought slices of this pie to several friends and it was agreed that it was phenomenal. I will never try a different cherry pie. This is it.
Before the oven:
Fresh Cherry Pie
Cooking Light, July 2008
2 tablespoons uncooked quick-cooking tapioca
6 cups pitted sweet cherries
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
15 ounces refrigerated pie dough -- (such as Pillsbury)
2 tablespoons water
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
1. Place tapioca in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground. Combine tapioca, cherries, and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; toss well. Let cherry mixture stand 30 minutes; stir to combine.
2. Preheat oven to 400°.
3. Roll 1 (9-inch) dough portion into an 11-inch circle. Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray, allowing dough to extend over edge of plate. Spoon cherry mixture and any remaining liquid into dough. Roll remaining (9-inch) dough portion into a 12-inch circle. Cut dough into 12 (1-inch-wide) strips; arrange in a lattice pattern over cherry mixture. Fold edges under; crimp.
4. Combine 2 tablespoons water and egg white in a small bowl. Brush the egg white mixture over dough on top of pie, and sprinkle dough evenly with 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Shield edges of piecrust with foil, and bake an additional 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is thick and bubbly. Cool pie in pan for 45 minutes on a wire rack.