Fresh Cherry Pie Recipe

There is nothing better than a home-made cherry pie. People often think of pies as being labor intensive, but realistically, pies are really easy to make. The secret? Buy the crust! 🙂 Everybody thinks you need pie cherries to make a pie, but they are missing out on really good pie by sticking with pie cherries. Royal Ann cherries make fabulous pie and sweet cherries are also fantastic! You just need to reduce the sugar. The most time intensive part is pitting the cherries – see here for our cherry pitter suggestions and reviews.

Fresh Cherry Pie Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
Delicious homemade pie recipe, using freshly picked cherries
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (increase to 1 1/3 cups if you are using fresh pie cherries)
  • 1/4 c of all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of cherries (pitted) (if using pie cherries then increase to 4 cups)
  • 1/4 t almond extract
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine
  • Pillsbury Pie crust (2 crusts per box) room temperature
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Remove pie crust from plastic and gently roll out into pie crust pan. Form to the sides of the pan and try to make it even throughout the pan. Dab your fingers in water to help prevent it from drying out and tearing.
  2. Mix sugar and flour together. Add cherries and stir. Pour mixture into pie pan. Sprinkle the almond and vanilla over the top. Cut the butter up into chunks and dot over the top.
  3. Carefully cover the mixture with the second pie crust, seal and flute (use a fork to squash down edges). Cut several slits in the top of the crust to allow steam to escape. Take strips of aluminium foil about 2 – 3 inches wide and cover the edges to keep them from burning. Remove foil during the last 15 minutes of baking
  4. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the juice is bubbling out of the slits, about 35 – 45 minutes.
You can increase or decrease the sugar to your liking. You can go as much as 1 1/3 cups of sugar or decrease if you would like. Just try the mixture and add as you wish. You can also substitute a sweetener like Truvia(TM), Stevia, or Splenda(TM). I would go about half because they are much sweeter than sugar. So, start with half and add gradually until you get a flavor you like.