Best Recipe: Cherry-Bourbon Pie

Cook’s notes: Makes one 9-inch pie that is simply amazing. I made the All-Butter Pie Crust and reduced the sugar in the filling. In fact, this may be one of the best pies ever. It has a pie crust and a crumble topping. It’s even good served cold straight from the fridge the next day. If you don’t have bourbon, or you don’t want to cook with alcohol, you could substitute 4 teaspoons vanilla extract mixed with 8 teaspoons of water.

Best. Pie. Ever.

Best. Pie. Ever.

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 4 Tbsp) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought

3 x 24.7-oz. jars (drained weight 12 oz.) pitted sour cherries in syrup, drained well (about 6 cups) — Trader Joe’s brand
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (2 oz) bourbon
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest

Whisk all ingredients except butter in a medium bowl until no lumps of sugar remain. Rub butter into oat mixture with your fingertips until it’s completely incorporated. If butter begins to soften while mixing, chill mixture to firm it up, about 15 minutes (cold butter ensures a flaky, tender crumble). Cover and chill crumble up to 5 days ahead.

Heat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil; lightly coat with nonstick spray (for easy clean-up in case the pie bubbles over) and set aside. Line pie dish with crust and crimp edges decoratively. Place pie dish on prepared baking sheet.

Combine cherries and remaining 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix until cherries are coated and mixture is evenly distributed.

Pour cherries into pie crust and top evenly with crumble. Bake until pie crust and center of crumble are deep golden brown and juices from cherries are bubbling and look thickened, 1.25 to 1.5 hours (75 to 90 minutes). (The juices will begin to ooze out of crust and onto foil-lined sheet.)

Let pie cool for at least 2 hours at room temperature to allow filling to set properly. (Cutting into the pie before it’s set will result in a runny filling). Cover and let stand up to 1 day at room temperature.

Adapted from Bon Appetit