Cherry pie recipes

The last article introduced us to the sorts of cherries and how to them on cherry tarts and pies. So it is high time we put this into practice with a tart cherry pie example. Some explanations are included so you understand the whys along with the practicals. This may help you improvise where needed.

Sour cherry pie recipe:

Such a pie will consist of dough (or crust), a filling (your main part) and possibly toppings. For the crust you will need typical ingredients like flour, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, butter etc… Your filling will be made up of cherries, cornstarch, sugar, salt as the basics. Add how you like vanilla extract, almond extract and cinnamon as the most popular choice. The topping is optional and usually consists of streusel made from flour, almond, butter and sugar. Assemble these ingredients and the needed tools described along the way.

  • The dough comes first as it needs to be cooled for later. Make one according to some common instruction. Plate it out on a floured surface and cut a circle of 11 inches, so that this crust fits a 9-inch tart plate. Cool it in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile pit the cherries. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, try a bent out paperclip and use it like a hook to remove the stone. Actually you can add all the ingredients of the filling together stir it up a bit and put in on the crust, but what’s usually done in order to get more homogeneity is to cook up the cherries with sugar first. In this way you can also get rid of some of the water, otherwise the juice will pour out when you bake the pie later, which might not be so nice for your pie. While the cherries are simmering in the pot, prepare a bowl with cornstarch, salt, sugar and any of the extras – vanilla extract, almond extract and/or cinnamon. Stir a bit, then add the cherry mixture into it and stir well again until everything reaches the right thick consistency. If it remains too fluid, add more cornstarch. Plate out the filling on the cooled crust.
  • For the topping add all respective ingredients into a mixer and stir it up. If it’s too dry you can add some cherry juice from the cherry cooking to it. Sprinkle the topping on the filling.
  • Put it in the oven for about 50 minutes. The topping and the crust becoming golden brown is an indication that the pie is done.

If you want to try a sweet cherry pie recipe the principles are the same. Here people would try to add lemon juice in one or two of the elements to add freshness to the pie and balance out the taste.