The Southerly Biscuit Company in Carolina Beach, N.C. shares with all of us this recipe for a southern classic with a cheerful twist! Can you guess what this cheerful twist is?
- 1 can cherry filling
- ½ bottle Cheerwine
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup shortening or 1 stick cut cold butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- Buttermilk for brushing
For Cheerwine Filling
- Mix the canned cherry filling, Cheerwine, lemon zest and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium low heat.
- Cook, stirring occasionally until the Cheerwine has mostly cooked off.
- Separately, mix the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water together to make a slurry.
- Slowly mix the slurry into your cherry filling. Your filling should begin to thicken.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- For best results, place the filling in the fridge for 1 hour to let it continue to thicken.
For Pie Crust
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix flour, shortening (or cut butter), salt, sugar, and ½ cup water together until a ball forms.
- Place the ball on a clean countertop with flour lightly sprinkled over it.
- Divide the ball in half. One ball will be used for the crust and the other will be used for the lattice top.
- Roll both dough balls into flat, thin slabs. Make sure the crust is the same thickness across.
- Place one slab into a greased pie dish, cutting the edges to fit just about the lip of the dish.
- Fill the dish with your Cheerwine cherry mix.
- For the second slab, using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the slab into 8 different strands (roughly 1 inch wide, but the length of the pie dish).
- Place each strand across the top of your pie at equal distance, 4 each direction across the pie.
- Fold back each strand to create an “over-under” lattice top.
- Cut the ends of each strand to fit the length of the pie dish.
- Bush the top of the lattice work with buttermilk and place into oven for 30 minutes at 325°F. The pie might take longer depending on the deepness of the pie dish. The pie will begin to slightly bubble when it is done.