Imagine the sweet, succulent taste of fresh cherries encased in a flaky, buttery crust. That’s right, we’re talking about a classic Cherry Pie. An emblem of American baking, it’s the perfect ending to a summer barbecue, a comforting treat on a chilly evening, or a delightful indulgence just because you deserve it.
Cherry pie is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. With just a few quality ingredients, you can create a masterpiece that’s sure to impress at any gathering.
But the real secret to a perfect cherry pie? It’s all about the cherries.
The Cherry on Top
When it comes to making the perfect cherry pie, your choice of cherries is crucial. Whether you prefer the sweet, dark cherries or the tart, bright red ones, make sure they’re fresh and ripe. The fresher the cherries, the more flavorful and juicy your pie will be.
Tip: The pit-removal process can be a bit tedious, but it’s worth it for that sweet cherry payoff. Invest in a good cherry pitter to make the task easier.
Let’s Talk Crust
Now, let’s turn our attention to the crust. A flaky, buttery crust is what makes a pie truly irresistible. It’s the perfect contrast to the juicy, sweet-tart filling.
Keep your dough cold and handle it as little as possible to achieve the perfect flaky texture. Remember, pie dough is not pizza dough – overworking it can lead to a tough crust.
Tip: For an extra golden and shiny crust, brush the top with a beaten egg before baking.
Now that you’re equipped with the secrets to a perfect cherry pie, it’s time to get baking! Trust us, the smell of a cherry pie baking in the oven is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie, you can easily whip up this classic dessert. We guarantee, once you take that first bite of your homemade cherry pie, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
So why wait? Treat yourself and your loved ones to the sweet, comforting delight of a homemade cherry pie. Happy baking!
Classic Cherry PieCourse: DessertCuisine: American
A sweet and tangy cherry pie with a flaky crust that’s a hit at every occasion!
2 cups fresh cherries, pitted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 double pie crust
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon granulated sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a large bowl, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, almond extract, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Stir until cherries are well-coated.
- Roll outone half of your pie dough and fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Trim the edges.
- Pour the cherry filling into the pie crust, spreading evenly.
- Roll out the second half of your pie dough. Cut into strips for a lattice top, or place the whole crust on top, cutting slits for steam to escape.
- Brush the top crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let the pie cool completely before serving.
- Enjoy your homemade classic cherry pie!
- For a more tangy pie, add an additional tablespoon of lemon juice.
- If fresh cherries are not available, you can use frozen cherries – just make sure to thaw and drain them first.
- Always allow your pie to cool completely before cutting to allow the filling to set.
Classic Cherry Pie pairs wonderfully with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful contrast between the warm, tangy pie and the cold, creamy ice cream. If you’re looking for a drink pairing, a glass of milk or a cup of black coffee complements the sweetness of the pie perfectly. For a full meal, consider serving this cherry pie after a light main course, such as grilled chicken or fish, as the strong, sweet flavors of the pie can stand up to lighter, more delicate savory flavors.