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!
- 2.5 lbs (40 oz) Fresh or Frozen Red Sour Cherries
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 Tbsp tapioca
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Double Crust Recipe (See our “Secret Family Pie Crust Recipe” here)
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,