Fresh Cherry Cardamom Pie

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on August 8, 2010

Take the everyday, all-American cherry pie, add some cardamom to it, and turn it into an exotic flavored pie. The cardamom scented filling is easy to make – just mix cherries, lemon juice, suagr, corn starch, and cardamom. 

I dont have a cherry pitter, so I just cut around the pit with a knife.

I made Ina Garten’s pie crust recipe which is buttery, flaky and delicious. You can keep things simple and use a store bought pie crust. However, keep in mind that most store bought pie crusts, pie shells, and pie dough are not vegetarian, they may contain lard. The only vegetarian pie crust I’ve seen is Mrs.Smith’s pie shells.

Here is a cherry pie recipe on joy of baking using some kirsch (a type of cherry liquor) on the filling – a great idea! This baked fresh cherry pie recipe on all recipes  also sounds delicious. If cherries arent in season and if you want a more fall time recipe, 6 bitter sweets blog has a lovely apple cherry pie recipe

Notes

- make sure the butter, shortening and water for the pie crust are very cold, this is what makes a flaky crust

- if you are not crazy about cardamom in the pie filling, use almond extract instead

- you can make the same recipe with apples instead of cherries

- if you dont want to use shortening, try this all butter pie crust recipe from simply recipes 

- Vegan yum yum has a vegan pie crust recipe using Earth Balance

Fresh Cherry Cardamom Pie Recipe

serves about 8

for cherry pie filling
4 cups pitted sweet cherries
6 cardamom pods
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
a pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or a few drops of rose essence

other
1 recipe (two 10 inch crusts) home made pie crust (see recipe below) or store bought pie crust
1 egg, beaten with a teaspoon of water
1 tablespoon sugar to sprinkle on top

Pre-heat oven to 400f.

Place pitted cherries in a large bowl. Smash the cardamom pods using the back of a wooden spoon. Remove the little seeds from inside the cardamom pods. Place these seeds in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle and grind to a powder. Add cardamom powder and all other ingredients for filling to the bowl, mix well. Refrigerate while you work on the pie crust. See pie crust recipe below.

Place one pie crust on a 10 inch pie dish. Pour the cherry filling into the dish. Place second pie crust on top. Cut away over hanging bits. Tuck edges in. Crimp the edges to seal.  Make a few slits on top to vent steam. Brush the top with the beaten egg wash. Sprinkle sugar all over. Cover the crimped edges with a strip of foil to prevent from burning. Place on a baking sheet and bake till the crust is golden, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove foil half way through baking.

Ina Garten’s Pie Crust recipe

makes two 10 inch crusts

12 tablespoons ( 1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening
1/2 cup ice cold water
Ina uses a food processor. I used a pastry cutter and my hands.

Place a large bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Cut butter into small cubes. Add all ingredients except water to the cold bowl. Using a pastry blender, mash the butter and shortening. Dont over do this, stop when the butter is pea-sized. You could also take hand fulls of the flour mixture and rub it in both your hands to form a coarse dough.

Add cold water to dough and gently mix just until it forms a crumbly ball. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Take out the dough and divide into 2 portions. Roll out each portion on a well floured surface. Proceed with cherry pie recipe above.

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1 Xiaolu August 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Mm what a tasty pie. Love the fragrance of cardamom. It’ll pull me over from the next room.

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2 Sharmilee August 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Perfectly baked pie….the crust looks crispy and tempting

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3 nandini.p August 8, 2010 at 8:46 pm

The redness of the cherry is so inviting… Never seen this sort in India . Fragrance of cardamom in the pie sounds new and lovely.

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4 Happy Cook August 9, 2010 at 1:04 am

I have never made a pie at all. Always afraid to dry them as i have heard if the crust is not good, it will be soggy so chicken out always.
Love the look of this cherry pie. We are planning to go to the chery farm to buy cherries and cherry beer but i think the cherry will disapear before even i have a chance to bake with it.

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5 Arthi August 9, 2010 at 1:04 am

I thnk I am addicted to yr blog…the cherries look so gorgeous…

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6 Lubna Karim August 9, 2010 at 1:05 am

You know how to treat the buddies with those yum pictures……..I am drooling over…..very indulging….

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7 Rosa August 9, 2010 at 1:05 am

A splendid pie! What a wonderful flavor combo. Those shots are magnificent.

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Swathi August 9, 2010 at 1:05 am

Sala,

Cherry caradmom pie looks beautiful and delicious.

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9 Priti August 9, 2010 at 7:15 am

Looks awesome …drooling here

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10 satya August 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

wow pie looks so gorgeous ….love ur style of presentation
Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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11 aipi August 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Cherry pie looks GORGEOUS!!
i love love love cherries..have 2 try it .

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12 aipi August 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Cherry pie looks GORGEOUS!!
i love love love cherries..have 2 try it.

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13 pavithra August 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Looks gorgeous !!! Truely tempting.

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14 anudivya August 10, 2010 at 12:54 am

Just beautiful. I can’t just seem to stop at one recipe whenever I come here Sala. YOu are a genius!

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15 Shabs August 10, 2010 at 12:59 am

Loved the collection of pics you have sala…..Its looks great…BTW, do you know the source of lard..?is it pig or anything else?

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16 delicieux August 10, 2010 at 1:00 am

This looks so delicious. I love the combination of cardamon and cherry (something I’d have never thought to try).

I love all of your photos, as always. Beautiful!!

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17 Elizabeth August 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

Ooooohh…I love cardamom and this looks like a fantastic way to enjoy it with the summer’s bounty! Beautiful photos as well!

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18 Saksha August 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Looks Yummm! So tempting.

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19 Prerna@IndianSimmer August 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Bright colored subject looks so beautiful and pops just straight out in a white background. I love taking pictures of such food :-) Beautiful shots ! Love the one with a couple cherries. Did you also throw in some light from top?
Thanx for also sharing all the other links, that will definitely help.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Did you mean the pic with the cherries on a white background? I put the cherries on a piece of white card board. Natural sunlight coming from a window from position 2-3 o’clock. There was no extra light from the top. Hope this helps :)

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20 Cheryl August 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Love the photos and the pie sounds delicious. Thanks for adding the link to the crust using Earth Balance, too. I’ll have to try that recipe next time I make a pie.

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21 Rachel August 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

The cadamom cherry combination sounds amazing! I have to try this! Love these photos too. :)

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22 Anu menon August 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Gurl…
i have this question for ya… When u bake these fantastic deserts do u actually give it out to people… I mean whats the way out to bake and cook and then share more…

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

I giveaway a LOT of food! I love sharing what I make :)

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23 Su August 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I like cheery:]
As I follow your recipe to do, really tasty!!

I like sharing what I have cooked on my blog too
Good food can bring happiness
I am a girl from Hong Kong

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24 Aparna August 14, 2010 at 7:07 am

This is most definitely my kind of pie. :) I love anything with cardamom in it.

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25 PJ October 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

Will try this for company tonight. I love all the alternatives you offer, and the pictures are lovely. Now off to the store to find some fresh cardamom pods….

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