Spiced Bourbon Cherry Pie

Think sweet boozy cherries melted into a warm and spicy sauce all nestled into a perfectly buttery pie crust – I know what you’re thinking -and no this isn’t heaven, but it certainly might be heaven on earth!

Spiced Bourbon Cherries

Spiced Bourbon Cherry Pie

  • The key to a perfect cherry pie is using frozen cherries. They are picked at peak freshness and can be stored in the freezer months before you plan to make your pie. (aka grab a bag when they are on sale!) 
Ingredients of Spiced Bourbon Cherry Pie
  • For the dough, be absolutely sure that your butter is cold and your water is iced. The colder the elements the more flakey the crust!- a premade pie dough will work just fine in this recipe at well!
  • Use quality butter, and sugar. Both of these elements are so important to the outcome of your pie, quality ingredients really make a difference!
  • I like to bake this pie a week ahead of the holiday dinner, freeze it,  and then warm it up in the oven before dinner. It tastes just as fresh and looks just as beautiful as the day I baked it. Being able to make a pie ahead of time really helps with the holiday chaos of oven planning!
  • I used Brown Sugar Bourbon for this recipe, and it truly sent these flavors over the moon!

Freezing before serving-  It is very convenient to make and freeze this pie up to a week before you plan to serve it.

  •  Bake the pie completely through according to the recipe and let cool completely on the counter. 
  • Wrap it in a generous amount of plastic wrap to keep it as fresh as possible and store it on a flat shelf in your freezer for up to a week.
  • When ready to re-heat, allow the pie to sit on the counter unwrapped for up to 1 hr and then place on a baking sheet and bake the pie for 20 minutes or until the center is bubbly and warmed through. 
Piece of Spiced Bourbon Cherry Pie
Spiced Bourbon Cherry Pie

Spiced Bourbon Cherry Pie

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Author: Kala Boulard

Ingredients

Classic Pie Dough ( Base + Lattice )

Spice Mixture

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1 orange (juiced & zested)
  • 5 dashes of angostura bitters

Filling

  • 3 lb frozen whole cherries 
  • 4 oz Brown Sugar Bourbon 

Egg Wash 

  • 1 egg 2 tbsp Heavy Cream (beaten)

Instructions

For the Classic Pie Dough

  • In a large bowl or food processor combine the flour and salt
  • With a fork cut (or if using a food processor Pulse together) the chilled butter with the flour until large butter chunks start to break down into pea-sized pieces.
  • Slowly add the water ¼ cup at a time until the mixture starts to come together.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and start to knead it together on a floured work surface to form a neat ball. Wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for 1 hr or overnight.

For the spice mixture

  • In a small bowl combine all of the spice mixture ingredients, mix together thoroughly, and set aside.

For the pie filling

  • To a medium saucepan over low/ medium heat, add the cherries, bourbon, and spice mixture.
  • Allow mixture to thicken for 8- 10 minutes. The cherries should start to release juices and create a beautiful thick sauce. Do not break the cherries down, allow them to keep their shape by gently stirring them around, they should soften slightly. 
  • You’ll know they are ready when the sauce coats the back of your spoon and is thickened

Assembly

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • On a floured surface roll out your chilled pie dough, to fit a 9” pie dish.
  • With the remaining 
  • Crimp the edges of the pie dough, and roll out lattice for the top of the pie  as desired.
  • With a fork poke the pie dough several times throughout the bottom of the dish before pouring the filling in.
  • Pour hot cherry filling straight into the prepared pie crust and top with dough  lattice.
  • Brush the top of the pie with the Egg Wash mixture and more raw sugar 
  • Place the pie dish on a baking sheet fitted with foil or parchment paper to catch any potential drippings that may overflow.
  • Bake in the center rack of your oven for 55-60 minutes or until the cherry filling and reduced and the pie crust is deep golden and flakey!.

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