My favorite pie in the world, this Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie has an extraordinary crust and a delicious filling; combined they truly are perfect!
I admit that for all of my youth and a fair number of years as a young adult that my pie baking was limited; I was guilty of grabbing a pie filling off the the shelf at the grocery store. The day that I decided to do the whole thing from scratch was a revelation and I’ve never looked back!
The pie filling itself is simple and basic; letting the fruit shine. The only real work when doing a cherry pie is the removal of all of those pits from the cherries. What a tedious job that used to be; having to open each cherry with a knife to remove the seed.
Years ago I found a simple cherry pitter that removed the seed but it was still a process; doing one at a time took forever. Then along came this…my newest cherry pitter that’s makes quick work of pounds of cherries. I’ve had to fight off the neighbor kids who want to do it for me…now that’s a workload I don’t miss!
The recipe I use for the crust for this pie is my tried and true favorite pie crust that combines butter and leaf lard; if leaf lard is impossible for you to source, then combine butter and shortening; it will still be a fantastic crust for this simple but delicious pie. I loved making a lattice crust but they intimidate some people; once you master one you won’t be intimidated anymore; they’re really pretty easy.
I’ve actually had this pie recipe on the blog for a couple of years but I erred when I included it with the recipe for the crust; it sort of got lost so I’m giving it a home all it’s own in hopes that more people will enjoy this quintessential summer treat and if you’re making one and live close; I’ll come and be your taste tester. Please?
My pie making Grandma had me doing lattice work (and crimping) since I was little girl but if you did not have a ‘pie Grandma’ here’s a video from Seattle Magazine and expert pie maker Kate McDermott that shows just how simple it is:
Nothing quite says summer to me like a Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie when cherries flood the market. Make one (or two) for yourself and you’ll never reach for a can again either! I also make small batches of cherry pie filling so I always have a couple of jars of filling ready to go; it’s easy and I urge you to do the same. Trust me; one Homemade Fresh Cherry Pie is so not enough!