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Sweet Cherry Pie

Sweet Cherry Pie


Sara Clevering tries desperately to find tart cherries, but ends up with a great sweet cherry pie instead.
By Sara Clevering

I’ve been hearing a lot about how wonderful tart cherries are for just about everything.  I’d be perfectly happy to line my pantry with tart cherry jam, make classic French clafoutis, or infuse a sweet liqueur–problem is, I simply can’t find them.  I’ve been keeping my eye out, with the hopes of making the ideal cherry pie before summer’s gone, but luck has not been on my side.

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Meanwhile, I’ve been buying loads of sweet cherries, and I wondered if it would really be such a sin to make cherry pie using this bounty.  Shouldn’t delicious cherries simply beget delicious pie?   Yes they should…and they do. 

So:  don’t think you can’t make amazing cherry pie without tart cherries. (But if you find any, please do let me know where!)

Sweet Cherry Pie
Recipe Type: Dessert, Baking
Serves: 8
  • 6 cups sweet cherries (about 3½ pounds or 1.5 kilos)
  • ⅔ cup (134g) sugar
  • ¼ cup (30g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Prepared sweet pie crust for 1 double-crust pie.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.
  2. Pit and stem the cherries.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the cherries, and stir well to coat with the sugar-cornstarch mixture. Stir in the vanilla extract and the lemon juice.
  4. Roll out slightly more than half of the dough and use it line a 9 inch (about 22cm) pie pan. Pour in the cherry mixture. Roll out the remaining dough and place it over the the pan. Press the edges together to seal. Cut several slits through the top crust to vent.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. Rotate halfway through for even baking.
In adapting this recipe, I used the juice of lemon to ensure that the sweet cherries did not turn cloying in the finished pie. You might consider using almond extract instead of vanilla extract, as almonds (which are related to cherries) have a natural affinity for this fruit.
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