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Homemade cherry pie with homemade pie crust in a pyrex pie dish and red handle wooden rolling pin on the right

Cherry pie filling

Homemade cherry pie filling is simple to make and oh so good! Made from scratch with only a few simple ingredients.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, comfort food, Southern
Keyword cherry pie filling, Cherry pie recipe, Homemade Cherry Pie Filling
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 753kcal


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 cold water

Pie Crust

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup lard
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cold, cut up
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water


Cherry Pie Filling

  • 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. Dissolve the cornstarch into cold water, stir with a tablespoon.
  • Stir the cornstarch mixture into the cherry mixture. Cook over medium to high heat to thicken. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • Let cherry pie filling cool completely before putting into the pie shell.

Pie Crust

  • 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.

Cherry Pie

  • 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.


Calories: 753kcal | Carbohydrates: 137g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 92g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 18.8mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3mg