Make this delicious Cherry Pie with homemade cherry pie filling. So easy to make homemade cherry pie, you’ll never make a cherry pie with canned filling again!
With all that I make from scratch, can you believe that I’d never made cherry pie filling before? Crazy, right? Well, not anymore. Making cherry pie at home could not be easier with this amazing little kitchen gadget- cherry pitter on Amazon and in no time flat was making delicious homemade Cherry pie filling. I work over a Pyrex liquid measuring cup, pitting cherries right over the cup. Then tossing the pitted cherries into a large pan. Place your hand over the pits and gently pour any cherry juices into the pitted cherries. We want to keep these yummy juices!
Let the cherry pie filling cool completely before you place into your unbaked pie shell. For one of the very best pies, try making it in a cast-iron skillet. You’ll bake it very similar to the Blueberry Skillet Pie I did, but the just until the pie is golden because your pie filling is already cooked. Let the pie cool completely before slicing or you’ll have a gooey mess. Cooking a pie in a cast-iron skillet will give you the most amazing pie crust, perfectly cooked. If you’re results comes out like mine, you’ll probably never cook a pie in a regular pie dish again!
How to make flaky pie crust:
To make your life easier, make your pie crust the night before and plop it in the fridge until the next day. I’m an old-fashioned kinda girl and while I love my food processor, I prefer to make pie dough by hand. I find this method to be better and makes a much flakier crust. The more you handle pie dough, the more tough it will become. Find my pie crust recipe here.
How to make a lattice pie crust:
Roll out a piece of pie dough. Then cut into strips either using a small pizza cutter or pastry cutter. Here I used a simple cutter, occasionally I’ll use a pasta cutter that will give you a crimped edge. That’s pretty too when you’re looking to make your pie a little more fancy.
Step 1: Lay strips of pie dough going the same direction over the entire pie.
Step 2: Then fold back every other piece of dough and weave in another strip of pie dough going the opposite direction.
Step 3: Continue this process until you have completed the entire pie.
Step 4: Fold under the edges and crimp. Then brush with egg wash using a pastry brush, and bake in a preheated 400 F degree oven for about 1 hour or so. Or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling up.
How to keep Pie Crust from Burning:
My mom always covered the pie part way through the baking process with a piece of aluminum foil with a little slit cut out of the center in order to vent the steam. So, I do the same with all of my pies. This helps the pie continue to bake without burning the crust. We were raised to use what we had, no fancy gadgets needed.
What to use to Thicken Pie Filling:
With this easy cherry pie and my Southern Fried Apple Hand Pies I use cornstarch. But with many of my fruit pies, I tend to prefer instant tapioca. It’s such a great product if you’ve never tried it, you definitely should!
Can you freeze homemade cherry pie filling?
Absolutely! Make it ahead of time, let cool to room temperature and place in plastic, freezer safe storage containers. Seal the containers and be sure and label the with the date and contents.
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Cherry pie filling
- 4 pounds Bing cherries pitted
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup lard
- 3 tablespoons butter, cold, cut up
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup ice water
- Pit the cherries over a glass liquid measuring cup. Place pitted cherries into a deep frying pan. Place your hand over the pits and pour any excess juices into the pan.
- Cook the cherries over medium heat. Add the sugar and lemon juice. Cook until soft, stirring with a wooden spoon occasionally. Add the corn starch into warm water to dissolve. Stir into the cherry mixture. Cook over medium to high heat to thicken. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
- Let cool completely before putting into the pie shell.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the lard and butter pieces using a pastry cutter, until you have small pea size pieces. Incorporate a little water at a time, until your pie crust comes together. Do not overwork the dough or the pie crust will be tough.
- Place the pie crust into a large Ziploc bag and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the bottom pie crust. Place into a 9-inch glass pie plate or 9-inch cast iron skillet. Spoon the cooled cherry pie filling into the pie shell.
(If using a cast iron skillet be sure and spray the pan with cooking spray prior to putting the crust in it)
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the bottom pie crust and place on top of the cherry pie filling. Slice air a few vents in the top of the crust. Or roll out the top crust and slice long pieces with a small pastry cutter or pizza cutter. Place pieces one way, then weave crust pieces the opposite direction. Continue until the pie is covered with pie crust. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
- Place the pie on a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper. This will help contain the mess. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 1 hour. Once it is browned nicely, cover with a piece of aluminum foil with an air vent cut out of the top. This will keep the pie from becoming too brown while continuing to cook and still let air vent. Bake until the pie filling is bubbling. About 1 hour 10 minutes total.
- Remove the pie from the oven. Let cool completely before slicing.
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