Recipe from The Roaring Fork, Austin
8 ounces butter (2 sticks), cold and cut in small squares
4 ounces vegetable shortening (8 tablespoons)
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup iced water
4 four-inch pie shells
Cut the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients in a Cuisinart or by hand until most of it is incorporated. Add iced water and combine well. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight.
Roll out the dough and line the small pie shells. Freeze the dough for twenty minutes. Add filling to the shells and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until dark golden and the juices start running on the sides of the crust.
2 cups cherries, pitted (preferably Bing cherries)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons flour
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Black Currant Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup black currant purée (found in specialty stores), or black currant spread
Heat the sugar and water until sugar dissolves. Combine (if using spread, blend syrup with preserve) and strain. Add more or less syrup to achieve the desired thickness.
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Chill a bowl for 5 minutes, then add cream and sugar and whip until just beginning to hold its shape.
To serve, drizzle black currant sauce over cherry pie and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Yields 4 four-inch pies.