American Flag Pie

Ingredients:

  • homemade pie crust (my recipe makes 2 crusts; 1 for bottom and 1 for flag design)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (35g) cornstarch
  • 1 cup (100g) blueberries
  • 1 cup (100g) blackberries
  • 2 cups (300g) chopped strawberries
  • 2 cups (450g) halved dark sweet cherries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on crust

Equipment

Directions:

  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
  2. Make the filling: In a small bowl, stir the granulated sugar and cornstarch together. In a medium bowl, combine the blueberries and blackberries together. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries and cherries together. Stir 1/4 cup of cornstarch mixture into blueberries/blackberries. Stir remaining cornstarch mixture into strawberries/cherries. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract to each fruit mixture. Place in the refrigerator for a few moments as you roll out the crust.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  4. Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (keep the other one in the refrigerator). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9x2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Fold the aluminum foil several times to form a 2-inch wide strip. Place into crust, dividing it into 1/3 and 2/3 sections as pictured above.
  5. Spoon strawberry filling into large section, leaving any excess liquid in the bowl (you don't want that in the filling-- discard it). Spoon blueberry filling into smaller section. Again, discarding the excess liquid. Place the pie in the refrigerator until top design is ready.
  6. Design the flag: Remove the other disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a circle that is 12 inches diameter. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut 4 strips that are 2 inches wide and 6 inches long. Using your star cookie cutter, cut 12-14 stars. Re-roll any dough scraps if needed. Remove the pie from the refrigerator, remove aluminum foil strip, and add top decor to pie. Stars over the blueberries; strips over the strawberries to form an American flag design. Use a small knife to trim off excess dough on the sides. Crimp the edges with a fork or flute the edges.
  7. Lightly brush the pie crust with the egg wash mixture. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  8. Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350°F (177°C) and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  9. Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make ahead tip/freezing: A couple ways to make ahead of time! Make 1 day in advance-- after it cools, cover tightly and keep at room temperature. The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Baked pie also freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Prepared fillings can also be frozen up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

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