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Celebrate July 4 with patriotic pie — red, white and blue style

Impress guests with this red, "white" and blue pie. Refrigerated pie crusts taste like scratch without the hassle.

Patriotic Pie Filling

2 cans (14.5 ounces each) pitted tart red cherries

in water, undrained

3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

¾ cup sugar

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Dash salt

1 cup dried blueberries

¼ teaspoon almond extract

1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on package

Drain cherries, reserving ¾ cup juice. In 2-quart sauce-pan, combine reserved juice, tapioca, sugar, butter and salt.

Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. Stir in drained cherries, blueberries and almond extract. Cool 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 375°F. Make pie crust as directed on package for two-crust pie using 9-inch pie pan. Spoon filling into crust-lined pan. Top with lattice crust, by cutting the second crust into ½-inch-wide strips. Arrange strips in lattice design over filling by laying half of the strips in one direction, rotating pan one-quarter turn and laying remaining strips at right angles directly over the first strips. Fold excess crust under and press together to form crust edge; flute.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.

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