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Sweet Cherry Pie Recipe

This amazing cherry pie recipe highlights sweet cherries for a blissfully yummy treat. Sweet cherry pie is a must-do before summer is over. It’s fabulous for picnics and potlucks.

sweet cherry pie recipe how to make cherry pie

I don’t think our family has ever been as cherry-obsessed as we’ve been this summer. We’ve been stuffing ourselves silly with all kinds of cherrylicious goodness.

I’m not sure if it’s because the cherry orchards have been extra prolific this year, but it definitely seems like crisp sweet cherries have abounded all summer long everywhere we turn… from intensely dark Bing cherries to pink blush Ranier cherries, it’s been a great season for these juicy little fruits.

Since we can only buy fresh cherries here in Minneapolis for about 2-3 months of the year, Hubby and I strongly agreed to procure as many pounds of cherries as we could while we could. No joke. Hubby brought Raniers to work and munched away in between meetings. The boys and I polished away bowl after bowl of sweet dark cherries.

We’ve been doing fresh cherries justice. But when I realized we got a bit too enthusiastic in our fruit hoarding, it was unquestionably time for cherry pie.

This, Friends, is an amazing sweet cherry pie. It sets up beautifully and tastes as good as it looks…

How to make amazing sweet cherry pie:

Start off with the best sweet cherries you can get a hold of. We used dark red Bing cherries with some Raniers thrown in for fun.

Because tooth-breaking seeds aren’t awesome in a pie, we used this great cherry pitter to punch out all the seeds. It’s super fun and way way better than trying to cut each cherry in half and pluck out the seed. If you ever make cherry pie, you’ll want that trusty little tool.

The pitted cherries are cut in half and mixed with cornstarch, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Definitely give the almond extract a go, as the almond essence jives so well with sweet cherries. The filling is hugged by our favorite flaky, buttery crust  and baked until the filling is bubbly. The filling sets up beautifully once the pie cools, so absolutely let it cool completely before digging in. I know. But do let it cool.

Speaking of homemade crust, it’s really the best way to go. You can totally taste the difference between homemade and store bought crusts; your pie will be incredible with homemade crust. But as always, refrigerated pie dough from the store can be used in a pinch if necessary.

Why You’ll Love this sweet cherry pie recipe:

  • The filling is really incredible and sets up beautifully
  • There’s nothing better than homemade buttery-flaky crust
  • Extra scoops of vanilla bean ice cream are more than justified
  • This pie works perfectly for summer parties, picnics, and potlucks
  • It won’t melt in the sun

Enjoy 🙂

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Sweet Cherry Pie Recipe

5 from 8 reviews

This amazing cherry pie recipe highlights sweet cherries for a blissfully yummy treat. Sweet cherry pie is a must-do before summer is over. It’s fabulous for picnics and potlucks.

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 1x

Ingredients

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1 Recipe for all-butter double crust pie dough

5 cups whole pitted cherries (dark sweet cherries or mixture of ranier), sliced in half

1/2 cup sugar

3 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 TB cornstarch

1/2 tsp almond extract

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg white, lightly beaten

1 TB coarse sugar

Instructions

Make all-butter double crust according to this recipe. Divide dough in two portions, with one half slightly larger than the other. Cover airtight, and chill until ready to use. Dough can be made 1-2 days in advance. (When ready to use, let it rest at room temp a bit to soften for rolling out)

Preheat oven to 425F with rack on lower middle position. In a bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and both extracts until well combined and smooth (be sure cornstarch is fully dissolved.) Gently stir in the cherries to coat well. Set aside.

Roll out the larger dough half to about 12 inches diameter. Press into a 9-inch glass pie pan. Roll out the smaller dough half similarly. Cut ten 3/4-inch wide strips out of it and set aside.

Use rubber spatula to scrape all filling mixture into the dough-lined pie pan, mounding it slightly at the center. Arrange cut dough strips over the filling to form lattice top. Trim excess edges as needed, but leave enough dough at edges to fold up and crimp/seal well.

Use pastry brush to evenly brush top crust with egg white; sprinkle evenly with coarse sugar. Place pie on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Tent entire pie loosely with foil to prevent over-browning and drop temperature to 375F. Continue baking about 1 hour more, or until filling is bubbling and crust is golden brown. If needed, cover just the edges of crust and bake a bit longer for center to bubble up. Let pie cool completely at moderate room temp. Once it’s set, slice and serve (vanilla bean ice cream highly recommended!)

  • Author: chewoutloud
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cherry, pie, dessert

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27 comments

    • Veronika

    OMG, I’m want it now! This is my favorite pie and I can eat it every day;) Need to make it this weekend!

    • Eva

    I used to love the month of June when I was growing up in Italy because of cherries, but now I live in Sweden and they are so horribly expensive here. Still, I may splurge and get myself some on my next grocery run, as your post made me crave cherry pie. Or I can always use frozen. I know it’s not the same, but the good thing is that at least they come pitted 😀

      • chewoutloud

      You can definitely use frozen, pitted cherries and add a bit more sugar if they’re tart 🙂

    • Pam Greer

    This is definitely the way to showcase some amazing cherries! I don’t know what I love more, the yummy cherry filling or the light and flaky crust!

    • Chef Dennis

    Yum! This Sweet Cherry Pie Recipe is making me drool right now! Looks really scrumptious and tempting! I can’t wait to have a bite.

    • Shelley

    So funny about your family absolutely grabbing up every bit of cherry goodness you can … while you can. Sounds like your cherry season there in Minneapolis is about the same as ours here in Ohio – HURRY and get ’em while they last!! Thanks for this great recipe – cherry pie is my dad’s very favorite!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Shelley…summer harvest season is short but sweet…we don’t take it for granted! Thank you for being here today 🙂

    • Anna

    Wow your pictures made me so hungry haha I am not the best at cooking but going to share this with a friend who is 100% into cooking.

    • Katie Wallace

    This looks amazing! I love making homemade pies for the holidays and sometimes just because. Fresh cherries are the best!

    • Amanda

    This looks delicious. I always struggle with the weave top but yours looks fantastic!

    • Elizabeth O

    Oh wow this cherry pie looks so delicious indeed. Definitely one to try out, it would be a good addition to take to a dinner party!

    • Aditi

    I love cherries as a fruit but honestly have never tried cherry pie. Your recipe and pictures are very inspiring!

    • Deb B.

    I LOVE cherry pie. I am currently eating cherries that I just pitted (I only recently discovered pitting!). And now I’m absolutely craving cherry pie. Definitely the perfect season for it. Thanks for posting the recipe. Bookmarked 🙂

    • Holly @ Mimi’s Dollhouse

    Yummy! This looks perfect. I am hungry just reading your post! Definitely going to make this recipe!

    • Ann Snook

    Oh my gosh, this looks so yummy! It brings back great memories of my grandma . . . she always made her cherry pies with lattice crust on top like this 🙂

    • Divya Neelaiah

    This pie looks so delicious am definitely trying this recipe !!

    • Karly

    Cherry pie is a classic! Looks amazing and is always a crowd pleaser!

    • laveremis

    I am drooling right now… This looks so, so good! I go to Door County, Wisconsin a lot–famed for cherries–but never really knew what to do with them. I appreciate the inspiration!

    • Nancie

    Love cherries and this pie looks fantastic. I’ve saved it for later.

    • thesocialnubian

    It is funny that I see this post because I have a case of cherries and I was wondering what else can I do with them besides a smoothie. I guess now I know. Cherry Pie!!!! A great weekend activity to do with the family. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl)

    I love cherries and cherry pies so much! looks perfectly delicious to me, hungry for the pie now!

    • Cia Black

    I’m going to have to plan a trip to our cherry orchard, and berry field. I would love to try and make these sweet treats.

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