Sweet Cherry Pie

Sweet cherries are enveloped in a flaky buttery crust, and then baked until golden and bubbling. Served with vanilla ice cream (of course), I dare you to find a dessert more perfect for summer.

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I don’t want to spend my life not having good food going into my pie hole. That hole was meant for pies.” —Paula Deen

I haven’t seen eye to eye with Paula Deen on a lot of things, but I have to agree with her on this one. Life is just too short to not enjoy a good homemade slice of pie every now and then.

Sweet Cherry Pie from completelydelicious.com
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This sweet cherry pie has been a summer favorite of mine ever since I first baked it several years ago. I’ve never been a big fan of cherry pie made with canned sour cherries, but this version made with fresh sweet cherries is a whole different story.

The only problem is not eating the cherries before I’ve had a chance to bake the pie! Now that’s a challenge, but it comes with a very sweet reward.

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Ways to pit a cherry

You can find all sorts of cherry pitters online, but you don’t need to invest in a tool if you don’t want to! Here are a few creative ways to remove the pits from cherries:

>> Use a pastry tip
>> Use a drinking straw
>> Use a chopstick and bottle
>> Use a paring knife

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Note: This recipe was originally published in July 2010. Pictures have been updated and slight improvements have been made to the recipe.

Sweet Cherry Pie

Sweet Cherry Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 double pie crust recipe
  • 3 lbs (6 cups, 1.3 kg) cherries, pitted and halved
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) cornstarch
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. On a floured surface, roll one disk of pie dough out into a rough 13 inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and trim overhang to 1 inch.
  3. In a large bowl toss together the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice and almond extract. Dump into the prepared bottom crust.
  4. Roll the second disk of dough out into a rough 10 inch circle. If desired, cut into 1-inch strips and lay in a lattice pattern on top of the pie. Alternately, transfer the circle of dough to the top of the pie and trim overhang to 1 inch. Pinch to seal the two crusts together and fold under into the pie crust. Crimp edges as desired. If not using lattice, cut 1-inch slits in the dough for vents for steam.
  5. Place on a sheet pan and bake until crust is golden and juices are bubbling, about 1 hour. Cover with foil if crust browns too quickly. Let cool completely to room temperature, which should take a few hours. Serve at room temperature or reheat to serve warm, if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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