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Fresh Cherry Pie

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Makes

8 servings

If you're looking to learn how to make a cherry pie, this recipe is the place to start. This ruby-red cherry pie is just sweet enough, with a hint of almond flavor and a good level of cinnamon. The cherries peeking out of the lattice crust makes it so pretty, too. I like to make a few of these cherry pies throughout the summer. —Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup cherry juice blend
  • 4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted or frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • DOUGH:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 large egg, beaten, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in cherry juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and extract; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add cold water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide dough in half so that 1 ball is slightly larger than the other.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger ball to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer dough to pie plate; trim even with edge of plate. Add filling. Roll out remaining dough; make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edge. If desired, brush with egg wash.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°; bake until crust is golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 466 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.