Every year for Thanksgiving, I make this pie, along with a pumpkin pie. I started making it about 8 years ago when my parents visited during Thanksgiving. My dad ADORES cherry pie and wanted to make something special for him. He fell in love with this pie and insists that I make it for him…at any time when I come to visit him or when he comes to visit me.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons (or more) ice water
1 large egg yolk
6 cups fresh cherries, pitted, or 2 pounds frozen pitted sweet cherries, thawed, juices reserved
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 tablespoon kirsch (clear cherry brandy) or brandy
Pinch of salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
For crust: Blend flour, sugar and salt in processor 5 seconds. Add butter and shortening. Using on/off turns, process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Beat 2 tablespoons ice water and yolk in bowl to blend. Add to dough. Using on/off turns, blend until moist clumps form, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic; chill at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.
For filling: Mix cherries and juices, sugar, tapioca, kirsch and salt in bowl. Let stand until tapioca looks translucent, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour.
For topping: Blend oats, flour, sugar, almonds, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Add butter. Rub in with fingertips, pressing mixture together until moist clumps form; chill until ready to use.Preheat oven to 425°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 13- to 14-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter deep-dish glass pie dish. Trim overhang to 3/4 inch; fold under. Crimp edge decoratively. Spoon filling into dough-lined dish. Sprinkle with topping. Bake pie 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 400°F. Continue to bake until filling is bubbling thickly and topping is brown and crisp, covering edges with foil if browning too quickly, about 25 minutes longer. Cool at least 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.