Using a food processor or stand mixer, mix together 2 ¼ cups flour, ¾ tsp salt and 2/3 cup shortening. Slowly add 8 to 10tablespoons of water depending on the consistency.
Mix until thoroughly blended and dough pieces are pea sized. Split the dough into two equal portions.
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands and a rolling pin to flatten 1 dough ball. Transfer to the pie plate. Repeat for the section dough ball, but set aside until filling has been added to the bottom crust.
Cherry Pie Filling
Mix together fresh cherries, sugar, almond extract and flour. Add to the pie shell. Cover with the top crust.
Pat the top crust with milk or cream to help it brown and then dust with sugar for flavor and appearance.
Bake at 425F for 35 to 45 minutes. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And enjoy!