Homemade Cherry Pie

Homemade Cherry Pie.

On a recent visit to an awesome new grocery store that opened up near us called Fresh Thyme, I discovered they carried big 2.5 lb bags of red sour pie cherries.  I was so excited!  This is something hard to find where we live.  You can find dark sweet cherries everywhere, and they are delicious for eating, but to make a good old-fashioned homemade cherry pie, you have to have the sour cherries.

I snagged a couple bags and was excited to get to make a cherry pie for hubby for Valentine’s Day last week.

If you are lucky enough to find sour cherries, here is the simple, old-fashioned recipe I use to make a classic cherry pie.

Bake a little love!

Cherry Pie



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine cherries, sugar, tapioca, and almond extract.  Mix well, and let sit while preparing pie crust.

Prepare crust and place bottom layer in pie plate.  Fill with cherry mixture.  Top filling with dabs of butter followed by top crust, being sure to cut slits or a shape to allow bubbling and steam to escape.  Spread a small amount of milk or water on top crust, and sprinkle with an additional tablespoon of sugar if desired.

Place pie in oven.  Cover loosely with foil to prevent over browning.  Bake approximately one hour.  Remove foil and continue baking until filling bubbles out of top and crust is beautifully browned.

Allow to cool completely to set.  Serve with scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Cheers & Hugs,



56 thoughts on “Homemade Cherry Pie

  1. It appears that the closest Fresh Thyme store is 584 miles from my house, I’m quite disappointed as I loved their website! Add to that, there are no fresh or frozen red sour cherries to be found here! I do have some dark sweet cherries in the freezer, maybe if I use less sugar…I better investigate before attempting a trial and, most likely, wasteful error on my own. I did have some delicious cherry turnovers made by my pastry chef daughter last week, they always taste better when they are made for me and not by me. I am an abysmal failure at making puff pastry dough. Actually, I will call her tonight and maybe she will “offer” to make this cherry pie for me! Isn’t that a scathingly brilliant idea? Thank-you!

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      • You may be pleased to know that my scathingly brilliant idea was pure genius, darling daughter would love to make this cherry pie for me and even search for red sour cherries to maintain the “authenticity” of your recipe! Homemade indeed, just not me-made! So while your pie was a “Valentime’s Pie”, mine will be an Anyday Pie. In case you think that I misspelled Valentine’s, I didn’t…that is a Benjaminism, which of course is a story that I will share, if you would like to hear it! Thank-you!

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