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Cherry Pie IV

Rated as 4.68 out of 5 Stars

"This is the 1999 American Pie Council's National Pie Championship first place winner in the Fruit and Berry Category."
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6 h servings 532
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9-inch pie)


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  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the cold shortening until pea-sized (you may use the paddle of a stand mixer for this step, or pulse in a food processor, then transfer to a bowl). Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough in half and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out half the dough to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate, loosely cover with plastic, and refrigerate.
  3. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; add cherries and toss to coat. Let stand for about 10 minutes to draw out the cherry juices.
  4. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat.
  5. Bring cherry filling to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute or until the juices thicken and become translucent (filling will thicken further as it cools). Remove from heat and stir in the butter and almond extract. Mix thoroughly and allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Roll out second crust and cut into lattice strips or decorative shapes. When filling is cool, pour into bottom pie shell. Cover filling with top crust or cutouts and crimp edges.
  7. Reduce oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place pie on hot baking sheet.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 45 to 55 minutes. Let pie cool and set several hours before slicing.


  • Editor's Note:
  • You may use 5 1/2 cups frozen or drained, canned sour cherries in place of the fresh cherries.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 532 calories; 27.7 69 4.4 4 15 Full nutrition

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I tried this recipe twice. The first time through, I followed the recipe to a "T" and the pie was perfect! The second time through, I used all the same amounts and did everything the same, EXC...

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i had high hopes for this, and although it had good gel it lacked in flavor...i found it bland, tried adding vanilla, but going to continue looking for the perfect cherry pie..

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I tried this recipe twice. The first time through, I followed the recipe to a "T" and the pie was perfect! The second time through, I used all the same amounts and did everything the same, EXC...

5-Star filling. I used my own crust and 2 one pound bags of frozen, tart, red cherries (Let thaw before cooking or you'll be stirring for an hour!. I also added an extra 1/2 tbls. of cornstarch ...

I'm not a fan of cherry pie myself, but even I enjoyed this recipe. I used frozen "dark sweet" cherries and the "Pie Crust" recipe from this site. My only problem was that I couldn't get the che...

OMG! This is the most delicious cherry pie ever! My hands looked like I was an extra for a horror film after pitting all those cherries, but it was worth it. I added a tsp. of vanilla to the f...

5 stars for filling, 1 star crust... Definitely use the filling from this recipe. It is so amazingly good! It's off the charts great and you almost hear a heavenly choir as you taste the perf...

This wonderful pie filling recipe has solved my problem with runny cherries without a pasty or custardy filling. I used my own crust instead. I can see why it won first place. And oh so easy!

This was a very good recipe, just the right texture for the filling. It was a little too sweet for my tastes, but that is something that varies widely among different people. I would only sugg...

Four stars only because I used a different crust. I used very ripe pie cherries straight from the tree. The filling was spectacular - the gel amongst the cherries was like silk. Definitely a ...

I'm writing this review for the filling only as I make my own crust. I used 4 cups frozen dark cherries that I thawed and drained ahead of time. If you are using anything but sour cherries I sug...