Homemade Cherry Pie

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Does anyone else have specific foods that evoke certain memories? Turkey for Thanksgiving, hot chocolate for winter, burgers and hot dogs for summer…the list could go on and on. Cherry pie is one of those desserts that remind us of holiday parties and summer barbecues. It’s so fresh, sweet and satisfying, it’s no wonder we love it year round! Our homemade cherry pie filling takes this recipe to the next level and is definitely the best part of it. Plus, you don’t even have to make your own pie crust if you don’t want to. That said, you know how much we love preparing recipes from start to finish. If you’re interested, we definitely recommend pairing our foolproof pie crust recipe with this one! The next time you’re struggling with what to bring to your next party, picnic, or family gathering, our easy cherry pie is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Cherry options:

There are sour cherries and sour cherries, and there are sweet cherries. Our easy cherry pie filling recipe calls for a sweet tooth! You can also use frozen if you can’t find fresh. If you choose to freeze, make sure they are completely thawed before using. You’ll also want to make sure to drain off any excess liquid before baking!

Some of our favorite sweet cherry varieties are:

  • cherry ice
  • chilan cherries
  • precious rabbit
  • Lanier Cherry

Sugar Options:

If you find your cherries are too tart, you can add a little more sugar. Stick to the white variety, or you can add brown sugar instead. If you want extra sweetness without adding sugar, try honey or agave syrup! Sweetened condensed milk is another (more decadent) option. Remember that cherry pie should be slightly sour. Don’t get too crazy about the added sweeteners in abundance. You still want to be able to taste the complex flavors of the cherries!

Pan Options:

We recommend that you place the pie plate on a baking sheet before placing it in the oven. Our homemade cherry pie filling recipe is so fresh and juicy that it might overflow a bit when baked!

Top Crust Options:

In general, there are two types of pie crusts that are used in our easy cherry pie recipe. You can opt for a fully covered top – just make sure to cut the vents for this! The other is called a lattice style because it’s shaped like a lattice! Be sure to check out the video below to find specific instructions for making a lattice top. In either case, be sure to trim off any excess dough before baking.

What spices go with cherries?

Our homemade cherry pie recipe calls for cinnamon and nutmeg. If you’d like to add more spice to your desserts, try these:

  • basil
  • thyme
  • Mint
  • wise man
  • ginger
  • Allspice

You can create some truly unique flavor combinations!

Troubleshooting: Why is my cherry pie filling recipe runny?

Some homemade cherry pie filling recipes end up thin, thin and runny. This makes sense – when cherries are cooked, they tend to release their moisture. That’s why we include cornstarch in our recipes. Cornstarch is one of the most common thickeners in baking. This is essential to creating a thick consistency for your pie!

Service suggestion:

Serve the cherry pie with your favorite ice cream or a little whipped cream. For a special treat, sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top! As for the main course to be served before you taste the pie, the choice is yours. This dessert is so versatile that it goes with just about anything.