It’s National Cherry Day and there’s no better way to celebrate than enjoying a fresh cherry pie! Below is a cherry pie recipe for you to enjoy and have fun making!
- Double pie crust pastry, unbaked, store bought
- 1 cup granulated sugar (222g)
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca, or up to 4 tablespoons for a thicker filling
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 6 cups fresh or frozen sweet cherries (2 lbs)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon milk for brushing on top before baking
- 1 tablespoon coarse sugar for sprinkling on top
For the fresh cherry filling you’ll need these ingredients:
- granulated sugar
- almond extract
- quick-cooking tapioca
- lemon juice and zest
- fresh or frozen sweet cherries
- unsalted butter
Prepare the double crust pie pastry. Divide into two disks and refrigerate until needed.
Line a large heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet or pizza stone with foil. Place in the oven and preheat oven to 400°F degrees.
Wash the cherries and drain. Remove the stems and pits.
In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, almond extract, salt, tapioca, cinnamon, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Fold in the pitted cherries and set aside for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
While the cherries rest, roll half the pastry into a circle large enough to fit into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate with a 1-inch overhang. Gently ease the pastry into the pie pan taking care not to stretch the dough.
Pour the sugar and cherry mixture into the unbaked pie crust. Dot with pieces of butter and refrigerate while rolling out the top crust.
Roll out the remaining disk of pastry and fit over the cherries. Crimp and seal the crust as desired. Cut a few vents for the steam to escape.
Brush the top crust with the beaten egg and milk mixture, then sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Place the pie on the preheated baking pan and bake for 25 minutes at 400°F. Reduce the temperature to 350°F and continue baking for another 35 to 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
Allow the pie to cool to room temperature before serving, about 2 or 3 hours.
If you are using frozen cherries, allow them to thaw before adding to the filling.
If you allow the pie to come to room temperature before slicing the filling will hold together better. If that doesn’t matter to you, enjoy a nice hot slice of pie!
Any kind of design for the top crust will work. If you want to lattice it, go for it!
Once sliced, it is recommend the leftover cherry pie is refrigerated. The filling will be more firm but still just as tasty.
You can freeze an entire uncooked cherry pie if you desire. You just need to thaw the frozen pie overnight in the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before baking.