How to Make a Simple Homemade Cherry Pie

I work hard to focus on my grocery list, but as soon as I walk into the store, I see beautiful things that I must have like these cherries. A gorgeous bag full of beautiful round red cherries with perfect little green stems that scream, “turn me into a cherry pie” and I cave in. Impulse buy here I come!

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Guess what we’re having for dessert tonight? Cherry pie and vanilla ice cream. This is going to be a really good day because it’s going to end with a big slice of warm cherry pie with ice cream!

Supplies for a Simple Homemade Cherry Pie:

How to Make a Simple Homemade Cherry Pie

Cherry pie with vanilla ice cream is a perfect way to end dinner. You don’t have to be a professional baker to make a delicious cherry pie with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups of fresh pitted cherries or you can use frozen cherries
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

 

Directions:

  • Pit the cherries and place them in a bowl.
  • Add other ingredients and mix.
  • Place in the refrigerator until it’s time to add it to the pie. It will give the cherry mixture time to rest and make your pie delicious.

Now for the pie crust.
Click here to see How to Make a Homemade Pie Crust with Video or you can use one you buy from the store. Either way, let’s assemble the pie.

  • Roll one of the dough discs out and place it in the bottom of the pie pan. Gently press the dough into the sides and remove any air bubbles.
  • Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Remember when I said you need to keep things cold?
  • Roll out the second disc of dough and cut even strips to use for the lattice.

To make the lattice you’ll need to weave the strips over-and-under themselves like a piece of lattice fencing. It may sound hard but it’s not.

  • Lay some vertical strips across the top of the cherry pie leaving equal space between each strip.
  • Fold every other strip back on itself with the bend near the middle.
  • Next, place a strip horizontally across the middle of the pie on the strips you didn’t bend.
  • Fold the bent strips back across the pie to create the look of the lattice.
  • Repeat laying the dough ‘over-and-under’ until you cover the pie with the strips to form the lattice crust.

See it’s not hard! Tuck the top pieces under the bottom and crimp the edges to seal it.

Brush the top of the pie with an egg wash:

  • An egg wash is just one egg beaten with one tablespoon of water. Brush it over the top of the cherry pie.
  • Sprinkle the top with sugar.
  • Place it in the fridge for about an hour before you bake it.
  • Then, bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350° and bake an additional 30-40 minutes. The pie is done when the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Remove the cherry pie from the oven and cool on the counter.
  • Then, place the pie in the fridge to chill for about 4 hours before you serve. To serve it warm, microwave it for a few seconds and top with vanilla ice cream. The perfect ending to dinner.

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  • If you saw these beautiful cherries in a grocery store can you honestly tell me you could resist them? If you can, you have better will power than me.

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  • I don’t have one, but honestly, you don’t need one. If you have a wood skewer or a chopstick, you have a cherry pitter.

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  • Carefully insert the skewer into the bottom of the cherry and push the pit out of the top. Or, you can push it from the top to the bottom. Either way, you will remove the pit and have beautiful cherries for your pie when you’re done. It’s messy but well worth it.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind.

  • Don’t squeeze the cherries very hard as you push out the pit or you will end up with cherry juice. Cherry juice is good, but you can’t make a pie with it.
  • Be careful you don’t stick yourself with the skewer. Not that I’ve done that before.
  • All of this works best if you keep everything cold. Like really, really cold.

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  • Add the cherries and other ingredients to a bowl and mix.
  • Place in the refrigerator until it’s time to add it to the pie. It will give the cherry mixture time to rest and make your pie delicious.

Now for the pie crust.
Click here to see How to Make a Homemade Pie Crust with Video or you can use one you buy from the store. Either way, let’s assemble the pie.

  • Roll one of the dough discs out and place it in the bottom of the pie pan. Gently press the dough into the sides and remove any air bubbles.
  • Add the cherries.
  • Roll out the second disc of dough and cut even strips to use for the lattice.

To make the lattice you’ll need to weave the strips over-and-under themselves like a piece of lattice fencing. It may sound hard but it’s not.

  • Lay some vertical strips across the top of the cherry pie leaving equal space between each strip.
  • Fold every other strip back on itself with the bend near the middle.
  • Next, place a strip horizontally across the middle of the pie on the strips you didn’t bend.
  • Fold the bent strips back across the pie to create the look of the lattice.
  • Repeat laying the dough ‘over-and-under’ until you cover the pie with the strips to form the lattice crust.

See it’s not hard! Tuck the top pieces under the bottom and crimp the edges to seal it.

How to Make a Delicious Homemade Cherry Pie | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Brush the top of the pie with an egg wash. An egg wash is just one egg beaten with one tablespoon of water.
  • Sprinkle the top with sugar.
  • Place it in the fridge for about an hour before you place it in the oven.
  • Then, bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350° and bake an additional 30-40 minutes. The pie is done when the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Remove the cherry pie from the oven and cool on the counter.
  • Then, place the pie in the fridge to chill for about 4 hours before you serve. To serve it warm, microwave it for a few seconds and top with vanilla ice cream. The perfect ending to dinner.

How to Make A Simple Homemade Cherry Pie:

How to Make a Simple Homemade Cherry Pie | The Bearfoot Baker

Who says impulse buys aren’t a good thing? Not me! The cherries to make this gorgeous and delicious cherry pie is one of the best impulse buys I’ve made in a long time. My only regret is that you aren’t here to eat a slice with me because that would be the end of a perfect day!

Bear hugs,

Lisa