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How to make a cherry pie with sweet or sour cherries just couldn’t get any easier. If you follow my tips you will have a gorgeous cherry pie that will be the focus of your dinner! The flaky pie crust is an all butter pie crust it’s just so delicious and bakes up perfectly every time. I’ve also included a step by step video to help you with the pie crust! Cherry Pie is so popular during the holidays too. Folks love to serve this bright red confection at Thanksgiving and it’s just the best Christmas Pie ever!
This post was originally published on July 29, 2016 and updated on April 29, 2018.
You will need: frozen sour cherries (or fresh pitted cherries), white sugar, corn starch, fresh lemon juice, unsalted butter, and all purpose flour.
A Cherry Pie Recipe inspired by Grandma!
Cherry Pie and summer go together like bees and honey! Am I right? The sweet juicy goodness of cherries smothered in a buttery flaky pie crust, well I don’t think there is anything that tastes sweeter.
Cherry pie is also popular during the holidays too! Another popular Holiday Pie is our Razzleberry Pie recipe. You’ll love the flavors from the triple berry pie filling!
My Grandma was a wonderful pie baker. Feeding the farm hands was alot of work, and she perfected her pie crust and baking skills until they were an art form. Fruit pies that just melted in your mouth, is one of my fondest memories. Cherry Pie was my Dad’s absolute favourite and Grandma always had a fresh cherry pie made when she knew we were coming for a visit!
Turns out my sweetie Mark loves cherry pie too! So I try to make it often. There’s nothing better than a cherry pie warm from the oven, with a scoop of ice cream running down the sides. Hungry? Me too!
This Cherry Pie recipe is so popular it’s been featured at Ice Cream Inspiration as part of their weekly meal plan series! And also over at Operation 40K as part of a Cherry Pie Roundup! 🙂
Cherries are everywhere in the grocery stores and markets right now, we eat them at home just like peanuts. But when I’m ready to bake a pie, I want the easiest way possible, so I use fresh frozen sour cherries.
Making your cherry pie filling is the main part of this recipe, so we want the best ingredients possible!
Now let’s discuss the elephant in the room. What’s that you say?
Most people I talk to are really intimidated when it comes to making pies. But you really don’t have to be!
It’s kind of like building in layers. Not quite as easy as some cakes, but not as difficult as others!
Once you have the pie crust made, and it’s chilling in the fridge (see video here!) you can turn your attention to making that yummy filling.
And take a little time. Homemaking Arts are making a comeback, but we must acknowledge they can’t be multi-tasked.
That’s what Simple Living is all about right? Being mindful of the task at hand. Like feeling the pastry dough as you work it with your hands, and the rolling pin.
So let’s get started!
TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST CHERRY PIE
- This is the cherry pie recipe my Grandma used, I can still smell a freshly baked pie right from the oven. That sweet and tangy cherry aroma, combined with the buttery pie crust!
- Follow the instructions carefully.
- Watch the pie crust video first to get and practice. Mix the dough, let it chill and then roll it out. Pie crust loves to be cold!
- We use frozen sour cherries.
- Let the pie filling cool just a bit before you pour it into the pie shell.
- Bake your pie in the bottom third of the oven, and make sure you place a sheet of aluminum foil, or tray on the very bottom to catch any spills!
MORE CHERRY PIE TIPS & TRICKS!
- You will need pastry dough for a two crust pie. You can get my Insanely Easy Pie crust recipe here.
- Baking is just so wonderfully creative and so relaxing for me, you too? I just find that I get lost in the creating part, it’s almost like meditating. Don’t believe me? I challenge you to try it. Just once!
- My pie crust posts are really helpful too – you can get lots of helpful advice about making the perfect pie crust right here.
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I just love this cute little pie bird ! That’s what we need to let the steam out when baking a fruit pie like our delicious Cherry Pie.
And I really recommend using a pie crust shield, like this one from Seafirst on Amazon!
HOW TO MAKE A CHERRY PIE
Everything you need to make a sweet, delicious cherry pie from scratch is right here. This cherry pie recipe is a classic, passed down from my Grandma to me, and now from me to you! I’m so happy that you’re here, and that you are thinking of making this amazing pie for your family. Cherry Pie is right up there alongside Pumpkin Pie when it comes to the holidays. We love our cherry pie with ice cream, but whipped cream will do just as well. My advice though? Double the batch, and bake two pies. Just wrap one up and pop it in the freezer until the next time.
- 4 cups cherries unsweetened sour, frozen or fresh pitted cherries
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 pie crust
- If using frozen cherries, make sure they are thawed.
- Cook cherries in a saucepan over medium heat until they start to simmer and the juice releases stirring continuously – you don’t want the cherries or sugar to burn. Remove from heat.
- In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Add the lemon juice. Pour the mixture into the hot cherries and mix thoroughly.
- Put the cherry mixture back onto low heat, bring to a simmer once more and keep cooking until the filling has thickened, again stirring often. This should take about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it cool before using.
- Pour the cherry pie filling into your prepared pie crust, top with the second crust and crimp the edges.
- I would use a pie crust shield to keep the edges from overbrowning.
- Place the cherry pie on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at 400F
- Reduce heat to 375F and then bake for another 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
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