Food & Drink

How to Make Cherry Pie like a Professional Pastry Chef

Stephanie Jayne Shows Us How It's Done

crust by stephanie jayne cherry pie!

Despite what you may have tasted (her sticky toffee pudding at Westside Tavern, the dark chocolate souffle at LudoBites 4.0), Stephanie Jayne Shaiken has chosen to live a life of pie. And in the inaugural season of Crust, her bake-to-order dessert biz, this means classic apple, rich Missouri butter, and fleur de sel caramel tarts topped with salty-yet-sweet cracker brittle, which alone could be consumed by the pound.

Can’t wait another day for a slice to be delivered to your door? (All orders need 24 hours’ notice.) Bake her cherry pie at home.

Traditional Cherry Pie
Makes one pie


For crust
2 c. all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1½ tbsp. kosher salt
1 c. vegetable shortening
2 c. unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 c. ice cold water

1. In a medium-size bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt.

2. Add vegetable shortening and butter to flour mixture, working with your hands until the fats are the size of walnut halves.

3. Add just enough cold water to bring the mixture together.

4. Split dough in half. Roll out each half into a 12-inch circle between two sheets of wax paper. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

For filling
2¼ lbs. fresh cherries, pitted
½ c. dark cherry juice
Juice of ½ lemon
1½ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ c. cornstarch
¼ c. cold water

1. Combine cherry juice, lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla in a pot over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

2. Add in cherries and turn heat to high. Be careful not to overstir; it will break up the cherries.

3. Mix cornstarch and water to make a slurry, then add to cherries and bring to a boil. When the mixture thickens, take off heat and set aside to cool.

To assemble the pie
1 egg (optional)
2 tbsp. heavy cream (optional)

1. Line pie pan with one dough circle.

2. Fill shell with cherry filling.

3. Brush outer edge with a beaten egg or water.

4. Either top pie with second dough circle or arrange a lattice by cutting the dough into strips and overlapping.

5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°.

6. Brush top of pie with egg or cream. Bake for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cherries bubble.

Crust by Stephanie Jayne (310-310-8972 or
crustbystephaniejayne.com). To order, e-mail info@crustbystephaniejayne.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Crust by Stephanie Jayne

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