I love cherry pie! It is easy to make and well worth it! You can use a pie dough cutter …my favorite one for cherry has hearts on it. It works perfectly for this pie! I also make a lattice crust for my pies….that is the perfect way if you don’t have dough cutters. You can use canned sour cherries, frozen sour cherries or a good cherry pie filling. There are one or 2 that I like and make a fantastic pie. They are also the most affordable in these trying times. Give it a try!
- 5 cups of cherries
- 1 to 1/2 cups sugar ( if you like a sweeter pie, use the 1 1/2 cups, you can also substitute some brown sugar for some of your sugar)
- 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon almond extract ( this is optional, but it makes a world of difference)
Now you need to make your crust. ( you can use pre-made crusts if you prefer)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 2/3 cup shortening ( I use Crisco…I love it )
- 1/4 cup cold water to make the dough come together ( this is something you will learn as you gain experience. You add alittle at a time till you get the right consistency, you may need a bit more…or a bit less… you do not want your crust too dry or too wet )
Now you need to cut your shortening into your flour , salt and sugar till it becomes like peas. Now add your water and combine till it is to the right consistency. ( try not to over work your dough as it will make a tough crust)
divide your dough so you have 2 portions, one for the bottom crust and one for the top crust. ( I use
Now stir all your filling ingredients together. If the cherries are extra juicy, add 2 more tablespoons of corn starch. Now is time to fill your pie shell!
For this pie I am making a lattice top crust.
Now brush the top lightly with cream then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 365 for about 45 minutes or till bubbly. I place mine one a baking sheet with parchment to catch the drips
When baked, let it cool completely to set the filling. Now you are ready to cut a slice and enjoy!!