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Vegan Cherry Pie

Easy vegan cherry pie you can make all year round! A real treat for your tastebuds.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegan
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 322kcal

Equipment

  • Round 9-inch pie pan (equals 23cm)
  • Baking paper
  • Measuring scales/cups
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking beans (or dry lentils, rice, etc)

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST

  • 350 g flour
  • 200 g vegan butter
  • 3 tbsp ice cold water
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

FOR THE FILLING

  • 1,5 tbsp lemon juice
  • a pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 600 g frozen cherries
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch also called cornflour
  • 75 g caster sugar

EXTRA

  • plant milk to brush over the top of your pie
  • caster sugar to sprinkle on the top of your pie

Instructions

FOR THE PIE CRUST

  • Add all your dry ingredients to a bowl and mix well. 
  • Then add butter and use a fork to mix the butter in with the flour until you reach a breadcrumb-like structure.
  • Slowly mix in the water.
  • Knead for about 20 to 30 seconds until smooth. To check it’s done, pick up a piece of dough and press it down between your fingers. It should stick together but not feel sticky on your fingers.
  • Bring together into a rough ball.
  • Split the ball into two equal parts. Shape it into a disc, cover discs with cling film and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare your filling.
  • After 30 minutes, remove one half of your dough from the fridge. Use a rolling pin to roll it out on a flat surface and place it carefully into a greased pie pan. Use your fingers to gently press it against the sides. 
  • If there is any extra dough remaining around the edges, no need to remove it yet. 
  • Use a fork to make several holes in the bottom of your filling to prevent it from bubbling up.
  • Cover with a layer of baking paper and fill the tin with baking beans. Bake at 180°C/356°F for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and use a sharp knife to trim the edges. Use a flat spatula to even out the filling.
  • Carefully pour in your cherry filling.
  • Create a lattice - full tutorial here.
  • Use a rolling pin or fingers to cut away any extra dough.
  • Brush the pie lattice with plant milk (such as almond and soy). Then carefully sprinkle caster sugar over the pie lattice. Make sure it’s spread evenly and covers all parts of your pie. 
  • Bake at 180°C/356°F for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

FOR THE FILLING

  • To make your filling, add cherries, lemon zest, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla to a bowl.
  • Option A: Mix and set aside. This will give you a runny filling.
  • Option B: Mix, bring to a light simmer and then turn off heat. Set aside for later. This will give you a more set filling.

Notes

  • I used this non-vegan cherry pie recipe as an inspiration for my dish.
  • Important: Whilst I do provide cups measurements above, I do recommend using weights measurements. 
  • This recipe has been tested using weights measurements and due to the fact that cups are considerably less accurate and can vary in size, I cannot guarantee the recipe will turn out as intended if using cups measurements.
  • Use the step-by-step photos above as your visual guide.
  • You will need cold butter and ice cold water to make the pie crust. Warm or lukewarm water will melt the butter, which might make the pie soggy.
  • If you don't have baking beans, simply substitute for dry rice, lentils, peas or other pulses.
  • Substitute plain flour for gluten-free plain flour if making a gluten-free variation. 
  • If using sour cherries, make sure to add extra sugar to your filling.
  • Storing the pie: store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
  • Serve with ice cream for ultimate feel-good experience! 

Nutrition

Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 802IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2mg