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Midwest Tart Cherry Pie

Midwest Tart Cherry Pie recipe
photo by:kraft
time
prep:
30 min
total:
1 hr 40 min
servings
total:
10 servings
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What You Need

2
cans  (14-1/2 oz. each) pitted tart cherries in water, undrained
1
cup  plus 1 tsp. sugar, divided
1/4
cup  cornstarch
1/4
tsp.  almond extract
6
oz.  (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4
cup  butter, softened
2-1/4
cups  flour

Make It

DRAIN cherries, reserving 1 cup liquid. Mix 1 cup sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Add cherries and reserved liquid; stir. Cook on medium-high heat 12 min. or until mixture comes to boil and thickens, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 1 min.; cool completely. Stir in extract.

HEAT oven to 375ºF. Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually add flour, mixing well after each addition. (Mixture will be crumbly.) Shape into 2 balls; flatten slightly. Roll out half the dough on floured surface to 11-inch circle; place in 9-inch pie plate. Fill with cherry mixture.

ROLL out remaining dough to 11-inch circle; cut into 10 (1/2-inch-wide) strips. Reserve remaining dough for garnish. Weave strips over filling to make lattice design. Fold edge of bottom crust over ends of strips. Cut remaining dough into shapes with small cookie cutters; arrange on pie. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

BAKE 35 to 40 min. or until filling is hot and bubbly and crust is golden brown.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size-Wise
Sweets can be part of a balanced diet but remember to keep tabs on portions.
How to Prepare with Fresh Tart Cherries
Substitute 3-1/2 cups fresh tart cherries for the canned cherries. Pit cherries; place in colander over bowl. Drain, reserving juice. Add enough water to reserved juice to measure 1 cup. Use to prepare filling as directed.
How to Prepare with Frozen Tart Cherries
Substitute 3-1/2 cups frozen tart cherries for the canned cherries. Thaw cherries; drain, reserving juice. Add enough water to reserved juice to measure 1 cup. Use to prepare filling as directed.
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