Sweet Cherry Pie with Sourdough Pate Brisee

When Shelley and I were first planning Sourdough Surprises, I put “pie crust” on the list of things I wanted us to try. I am pretty sure Shelley thought that I was crazy, and even I was wondering if it was even possible to get a nice flaky crust, but I also knew it was something I definitely wanted to try. I mean, who would possibly expect there to be sourdough inside a pie?! 
I was serisously so excited when we finally picked Sourdough Pie crust that I could hardly stand it. I was giddy. I almost peed my pants. Ok, not really, but I was really excited. 
I decided to go into some uncharted territory for the filling here. I knew I wanted to do a lattice topped cherry pie (Joel’s favorite!) but I wanted to do something different. Sweet Bing cherries happened to be on sale, but to sweeten them up a bit I added some orange zest and juice. I also went wild and added some almond extract instead of vanilla and some fresh thyme in there. Crazy, I know, and a ton of flavor going on, but I went with my gut instincts and just did it.  The crust was awesome and so super beautiful, too. Easy and fun to put together (its actually called a pate brisee, which is french for pie crust with lots of butter, haha). I loved adding whole wheat flour, ground flax seed and wheat germ to it. The pie crust was hearty but still delicate and flaky. And it rolled and cut like a dream. Seriously, I might never ever ever stray from this recipe. Ever. 

This pie turned out AMAZING!! Oh my god, I am soo excited about this pie, I LOVE how it turned out! It was definitely so unique and so delicious! My mom doesn’t like cherry pie at all, because she says it is too tart and sickly sweet for her, but she actually licked the plate clean! No, really, my mother. Licked the plate. I am as shocked as you are. 
Check out all the other lovely pies that were made for Sourdough Surprises, and don’t forget to check Sourdough Surprises in a few days to see what we will make for September. Oh, PSA: As soon as we get 20 participants (bloggers and non-bloggers welcome!) we are going to splurge and get the fancy linky tool that shows the thumbnails for each participant! So spread the word!!! 

Sourdough Pate Brisee (Bojon gourmet)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP sugar
8 ounces (2 sticks) butter, cut into 1/2″ chunks and frozen for a few minutes
1 cup 100% hydration sourdough starter
In a bowl whisk together the four, salt and sugar.
Dump in all the butter and using your fingers rub and smash the butter into the flour, as fast as you can, so that it resembles sand with some clumps of butter still left.
Add in the sourdough starter and fold in until it just starts to gather together in large clumps.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
Using the heel of your hand rub the dough along the counter, to smear the butter through the dough.
Gather the dough into two pieces, flatten into discs, cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge for 45 minutes.
Lightly dust the counter top with flour and take ONE of the crusts out of the fridge.
Place it on the counter and roll it out until it will fit in the pie dish (you will want a bit of an overhang.
Place the crust in the pie pan and place it in the fridge while you roll out the other crust.
Roll the other crust out as large as you did the first one, but this time use a pizza cutter to cut out 8 nice sized strips.
Pull the pie out of the fridge and dump the filling in (recipe is below).
Place four of the strips on the top of the pie, evenly spaced.
Working from one side at a time, overlay the four remaining strips, weaving them over and under.
Rip off the excess of the strips, smash the ends into the bottom crust, and fold them over and under each other. 
Crimp the edges. 
Bake at 425 for 20 minutes.
Tent with foil, lower the oven to 350 and bake for an additional 35-45 minutes. 
Twisted Sweet Cherry Filling (Gingered Whisk)
4 cups bing cherries, pitted 
2 TBSP orange juice
2 TBSP cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
Mix and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
Add in:
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 TBSP orange zest

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  • Reply
    shelley c.
    August 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Your pie looks absolutely amazing. I love the flax and wheat germ in the crust – I bet it had a really great texture. And the filling sound like such an explosion of flavors!! Outstanding job!!!

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    Hannah Grunzke
    August 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    It looks and sounds like your recipe turned out perfectly! Very pretty, too 🙂

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    August 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Ahhh, I made a lattice pie (well, little tarts) too! But not cherry, though looking at yours, I wish I had. That filling looks like jammy cherry perfection, and the flavours sound delicious. In fact, the whole pie is beautiful.

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    Ilan @ IronWhisk.com
    August 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Mmm I love cherry pie! I also really like the addition of thyme to cherries.. it really kicks up the flavour. I never would have expected though for the pie crust to be sourdough.. talk about a sourdough surprise 🙂

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    August 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Love it so much, Jenni! I will definitely keep the recipe for T-Day. I'll join in on the next SD Surprises. I'm still in that baking funk!! *sigh*

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    August 20, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Nope, I certainly never expected sourdough in a pie but what a great addition it was! I had some problems with my pastry, but once I figure it out, I'll probably stay with this recipe too. That last picture of your pie is making me drool like crazy!

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    August 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    This looks lovely! Sometimes it really pays off to experiment and go with your gut!

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    Amy (Savory Moments)
    August 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    This pie looks wonderful! I love the sourdough crust. What a great idea!

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    August 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Jenni, your pie is GORGEOUS. That first picture looks like it should be in a country lifestyle magazine or something. And the filling sounds OUTSTANDING – all those intriguing flavours. I'm totally putting thyme in my next cherry pie! Way to go!!

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    Cake Duchess
    August 26, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Such a pretty pie:)I love sweet cherry pie in the summer time. So perfect for the pie month, Jenni:)

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    June 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Just great! Scrumptious, full of flavour, perfect for a lazy day (or any other day :)) ) :). I've just made it, with some changes for my taste and I can say from all my heart that, indeed, this crust is a winner. Thank you for the inspiration and all the best wishes! 🙂

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      June 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Soooo glad you liked it! And yes, I absolutely adore this crust! I cannot make any other kind anymore! 🙂

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    October 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I may be missing something, but I don't see where the sourdough starter is used in the ingredients. I don't know enough to proceed on assumptions with something like this. Can you tell me if I'm wrong and point out where it describes when to add the starter?

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      October 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      The starter should be added in after the butter has been incorporated, mix just until it starts to form large clumps.

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