Old Glory American Flag Pie

What You'll Need:

All-Purpose Flour Sugar Table Salt Butter Vegetable Shortening Ice Water Cherries Cornstarch Red Food Coloring, optional Blueberries Lemon Juice Egg Coarse Sugar, for sprinkling

Stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or a food processor, cut the shortening and butter into the flour.

Use about 10 pulses of the food processor, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. It is a bit more work by hand.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water over the mixture. Using a fork, gently stir the water in to the flour mixture. Repeat with the remaining water, adding 2 tablespoons at a time, just until the dough starts to come together.

Fold a piece of aluminum foil a few times to create a 2-inch wide strip. Bend the strip to create a right angle, then place it into the crust.

Divide pie crust in half. Roll out the bottom crust and gently transfer it to a pie plate, trimming edges to fit.

Spoon the blueberry filling into the ¼ section of the pie. Spoon the cherry pie filling into the other ¾ of the pie. Remove the foil dividing strip and discard.

Roll out the remaining pie crust dough. Cut out stars and strips using a small cookie cutter or sharp knife.

Decorate the top of the pie with the strips of dough and cut-out stars, and flute the edges of the pie crust or crimp them with a fork.

In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 teaspoon of water. Brush this over the stars and stripes of the top crust, then sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake the pie until golden-brown on top. Cool for 3 to 4 hours before serving so the pie can set up.

I went with blueberry and cherry fillings, but for the "blue" part, you could also use the same amount of blackberries instead of blueberries, or a mix of the two.

Some call it Old Glory Pie, some Stars & Stripes Pie, but they are all the same concept: dividing a pie into sections so that one part represents the blue of the American flag while the other part represents the red of the flag, then decorating the top with stripes and stars cut out of pie dough.

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