Cherry pie is a classic dessert that’s loved by people of all ages. With its sweet and juicy filling and flaky crust, cherry pie is a delicious and satisfying treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re serving it for a special celebration, a family gathering, or simply as a treat for yourself, cherry pie is a crowd-pleaser that’s always in demand. While you can easily buy cherry pie at a bakery or store, making it at home is a fun and rewarding experience. Not only does it allow you to control the ingredients and the level of sweetness, but it’s also a great way to showcase your baking skills. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make a cherry pie from scratch using just a few simple ingredients.
- 2 cups of pitted cherries
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 pie crusts (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 egg (optional, for egg wash)
- Coarse sugar (optional, for topping)
- Start by making the filling. In a large bowl, mix together the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt until well combined. The sugar will help to sweeten the cherries and the cornstarch will help to thicken the filling. The lemon juice will help to balance the sweetness and add a touch of tartness. The salt will enhance the flavor of the filling and help to balance the sweetness. Let the filling sit for 10 minutes to allow the sugar and cornstarch to dissolve.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F. Roll out one pie crust and place it in a 9-inch pie dish. Trim the edges of the crust and reserve the scraps. You can use store-bought pie crust or make your own using your favorite recipe. If you’re making your own pie crust, be sure to use a recipe that’s designed for a double-crust pie.
- Pour the cherry filling into the pie crust and dot the top with butter. The butter will help to add richness and flavor to the filling. Spread the filling evenly in the pie crust and make sure it’s level.
- Roll out the second pie crust and place it on top of the filling. Trim the edges of the top crust and crimp the edges to seal the pie. You can crimp the edges using your fingers or the tines of a fork. The crimping will help to keep the filling inside the pie and prevent it from leaking out.
- If desired, you can use the scraps from the pie crust to create a lattice top. Simply cut the scraps into thin strips and weave them over the top of the pie. This will create a decorative and rustic look that’s perfect for a cherry pie.
- If desired, beat the egg and brush it over the top of the pie. The egg wash will help to create a golden brown and glossy crust. Sprinkle the top of the pie with coarse sugar for a crunchy, sugary topping. The sugar will help to create a caramelized and sweet crust that’s perfect for a cherry pie.
- Bake the pie for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Keep an eye on the pie as it bakes and cover the edges with aluminum foil if they start to brown too quickly. Let the pie cool
And that’s it! With just a few simple steps, you can make a delicious and juicy cherry pie from scratch. Whether you serve it warm or cold, this classic dessert is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
I hope this blog post helps you make your own cherry pie at home. Enjoy!
Here are some of the tools I use to make pies at home