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slice of cherry pie on a plate with a fork

Sour Cherry Pie from Scratch

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Craving a slice of sour cherry pie this summer?  It’s easy to make this old fashioned dessert from scratch with canned cherries—just like Mom does.  The flaky crust and sweet, juicy filling make this a simple but delicious treat.



For the Cherry Filling

  • 2 15-ounce cans sour cherries in water (544g)
  • 1/2 cup liquid from canned cherries (125 ml)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (21g)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (14g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

For the Pastry & Decoration


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven to preheat.
  2. Open the cans of cherries and drain them, reserving the juice from one can.  You'll need 1/2 cup of liquid.
  3. Pour the liquid, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt into a 2-quart saucepan and set over medium heat.  Whisk constantly over the heat until the mixture is boiling and has thickened.  This will take a few minutes, so be patient.  You'll know the mixture is thickening when globs suddenly appear in the mixture.
  4. Remove from the heat and whisk in the almond extract and butter until smooth and well blended.  Gently fold in the drained cherries with a flexible spatula, then set aside to cool.
  5. Roll the chilled pastry on a lightly floured surface until it's about 1/8 inch thick.  Use it to line a 9-inch metal pie plate, then trim off the excess pastry with a knife.  Gently spread the cooled cherry filling in the pastry.
  6. Wad up the remaining pastry and re-roll it to about 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into strips, using a ruler for straight lines.  Lay several of the strips horizontally across the top, then weave the remaining strips under and over the other ones to create a lattice top.  Cut off the excess pastry, crimp the crust, and brush the pastry with beaten egg.  Sprinkle liberally with demerara sugar if desired.
  7. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 F and bake for another 20 minutes.  The crust should brown beautifully and the filling should bubble gently.
  8. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool for 3-4 hours on a wire cooling rack to allow the filling to cool and set.  Cutting it too soon will make the filling runny.
  9. Serve with vanilla ice cream.


  • Use sour cherries.  Sweet cherries don't taste as good in this recipe.
  • Use canned cherries to save time.
  • Adjust the almond extract to taste.
  • Watch it carefully towards the end of the baking time to see if the filling is bubbling or the pastry getting too dark.
  • Let it cool completely before slicing and serving, or the filling will not be set.
  • Category: Pies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cherry pie recipe, sour cherry pie