Fresh Cherry Pie


A classic cherry pie with a hint of vanilla.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
1 pie



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup shortening

  • ¼ cup cold water, or as needed

  • 1 pinch salt

Cherry Filling:

  • 2 pounds fresh Bing cherries, pitted

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon butter


  1. Whisk flour and salt together in a bowl. Cut in shortening with 2 knives or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, until flour mixture is moistened. Do not add more water than you need: when you squeeze a handful of the moistened pastry mixture, it should form a ball.

  2. Divide the dough in half and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate, at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Mix cherries, sugar, and tapioca flour together in a saucepan; let sit until the sugar draws out the cherries' juices, about 10 minutes. Heat the cherry mixture over medium heat until the juices begin to thicken and run clear, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; mix in butter and vanilla extract. Let sit until filling has cooled to lukewarm, 5 to 10 minutes.

  5. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate. Spoon filling into crust using a slotted spoon to drain excess syrup; dot with butter. Cut left over dough into strips with a sharp paring knife or pastry wheel. Lay strips on top of the pie, pressing to seal the edges.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is a golden brown, 40 to 50 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Sour pie cherries can be substituted for Bing cherries.

Do not over-mix or the dough will be tough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

532 Calories
28g Fat
69g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 532
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 290mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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