If you’re a fan of sweet, juicy cherries and love the taste of homemade pies, then this easy homemade cherry pie recipe is perfect for you. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a delicious cherry pie that will impress your friends and family.
To make this cherry pie, you’ll need fresh or frozen cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and a pie crust. If using fresh cherries, pit them and remove any stems before starting. If using frozen cherries, thaw them completely and drain any excess liquid.
- In a large bowl, combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Toss until the cherries are coated evenly.
- Prepare the pie crust by rolling out the dough and placing it in a pie dish. Trim any excess dough from the edges.
- Pour the cherry filling into the pie crust, spreading it out evenly.
- Place the second pie crust on top of the cherry filling. You can either cover the entire pie or create a lattice pattern.
- Seal the edges of the pie crust together by pressing with a fork or your fingers.
- Bake the pie in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
|– Fresh or frozen cherries||1. In a large bowl, combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Toss until the cherries are coated evenly.|
|– Sugar||2. Prepare the pie crust by rolling out the dough and placing it in a pie dish. Trim any excess dough from the edges.|
|– Cornstarch||3. Pour the cherry filling into the pie crust, spreading it out evenly.|
|– Lemon juice||4. Place the second pie crust on top of the cherry filling. You can either cover the entire pie or create a lattice pattern.|
|– Pie crust||5. Seal the edges of the pie crust together by pressing with a fork or your fingers.|
Once the cherry pie is done baking, let it cool for a while before serving. You can serve it plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy this delightful homemade cherry pie with its sweet, tangy filling and flaky crust!
Ingredients and Equipment
- Fresh cherries: Choose ripe cherries that are deep red in color. You will need about 4 cups of pitted cherries.
- Granulated sugar: This will help sweeten the cherries and balance out their tartness.
- Cornstarch: This will thicken the cherry filling.
- Lemon juice: It adds a touch of acidity and enhances the flavor of the cherries.
- Vanilla extract: This will add a hint of warmth and richness to the pie.
- All-purpose flour: You will need this to make the pie crust.
- Salt: A pinch of salt will help enhance the flavors of the pie.
- Unsalted butter: This will be used to make the pie crust and dot the filling.
- Ice water: It is important to use ice cold water to ensure a flaky crust.
To make an easy homemade cherry pie, you will need the following equipment:
|Pie plate:||A 9-inch pie plate is the ideal size for this recipe.|
|Rolling pin:||You will need a rolling pin to roll out the pie crust.|
|Pastry brush:||To brush the pie crust with egg wash or milk for a golden brown finish.|
|Pie weights:||If you want to blind bake the pie crust, pie weights will help keep it from puffing up.|
|Cherry pitter:||Using a cherry pitter will make the task of pitting cherries much easier and faster.|
|Sharp knife:||To pit the cherries if you don’t have a cherry pitter.|
By having these ingredients and equipment on hand, you will be well-prepared to make an easy homemade cherry pie that is sure to impress!
Preparing the Pie Crust
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- ¼ to ½ cup ice water
- In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt.
- Add the cold and cubed unsalted butter to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle ice water, a few tablespoons at a time, over the flour mixture. Use a fork to mix the water into the flour until the dough comes together. Be careful not to overmix.
- Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a disc. Wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, roll out one disc of dough on a lightly floured surface to fit a 9-inch pie dish. Transfer the rolled-out dough to the pie dish.
- Add the cherry filling to the pie dish.
- Repeat the rolling and transferring process with the second disc of dough to create the top crust. You can either cover the pie entirely with the top crust or create a lattice pattern.
- Trim any excess dough around the edges and crimp the edges to seal the pie.
- Make a few small slits on the top crust to allow steam to escape during baking.
- At this point, the pie crust is ready to be baked according to your cherry pie recipe.
By following these steps, you’ll be able to prepare a homemade pie crust that will perfectly complement the sweet and tart flavors of your cherry filling. Remember to handle the dough with care and refrigerate it to ensure a flaky and tender crust. With a little practice, you’ll become a master at making pie crusts from scratch.