I had an overabundant supply of cherries one year, so I adapted several recipes to use them up. I knew this one was a keeper when I received phone calls from my Mother and Grandmother complimenting me on this pie.
A favorite vacation spot in Wisconsin—Door County (in the “thumb” of the state)—is known for its abundance of cherry orchards, and that’s where this recipe originated. We think it’s a delectable dessert, with a nutty crumb crust, real whipped cream and, of course, cherry pie filling.
With about two-thirds less fat than the original pie recipe, this makeover is decadently rewarding! You'll love the chocolate, cherries and almonds, but never miss the fat! —Julie Hieggelke, Grayslake, Illinois
Package pudding mix, canned cherries and a frozen crust simplify preparation of this dessert. Friends often request it when they come to our house. Sometimes I'll sprinkle toasted pecans on top for crunch.
—Pearl Lenz of Wichita, Kansas
My great-aunt in Pennsylvania's a great country cook, and she gave this recipe to me. It's one of my husband's favorites. I like it, too—it's easier than two-crust pies, plus I've used both fresh and frozen cherries with good results.
The simple combination of raspberries and cherries is the delectable difference in this pie. "My family prefers it with a lattice crust," says Fern Buffington of Traer, Iowa, "but feel free to top it any way you like."