Thursday, August 7, 2014

Homemade Cherry Pie From Scratch

There is just something about pie that makes everything better. Case in point, I was trying to set up a computer for the oldest country kid in his room for homeschooling this year and I was having "issues." So what did I do? Declared "screw this" and went and made a pie! And ya know what? Life was better! So what was this magical pie I made? Just a simple homemade cherry pie from scratch!

Now I don't know about you, but canned pie filling is not my thing. Who needs red dye in their cherries? So I made my own pie filling. It is rather simple and soooo much better then the store bought cans of red dye #40. I started out using my cherry pitter to remove all the pits from some cherries I had picked up on a whim at the farmers market. If you don't have one of these, you should! I got mine from Pantry Paratus for just a few dollars and it works GREAT!


Once I was pitted, which wasn't long because the men folk in my family fight over who gets to use the pitter because it is so much fun, I set to boiling down my cherries. I put them in a pot over medium heat and brought them to a boil. You will see juices start to form in the pan as they begin to cook. As with anything, remember to stir. Once the cherries got softer and there was a bunch of liquid I added in my cornstarch, sugar, and vanilla and let it boil till it thickened, always stirring.

Pie Filling
6 cups pitted cherries
1 cup sugar (more if you like it sweeter)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
4-5 Tablespoons of cornstarch


Now I am a multitasker in the kitchen, so in between stirring, I also whipped up a homemade pie crust. For this pie I decided to experiment with the crust and I will say it turned out very nice and flaky! For the crust I combined flour, butter, salt and water to make my dough. One important thing to remember about making homemade pie crust is you want your butter and water COLD.

You start by cutting in the butter into the flour and salt. You can use a fork but I prefer a pastry tool. When it looks crumbly, add in your water. The dough should stick together but not be creamy. Once the dough is ready, roll it into a ball and put it in the fridge to cool.

Pie Crust
3 cups flour
1 cup butter
2 pinches of salt
3-5 Tablespoons of ice cold water


When the dough and filling are chilled and cooled, it is time to put this bad boy together! Divide your dough into two balls and roll out your crusts. There will be enough dough for excess hanging off your pie dish. This is fine! Once it is assembled you can cut the excess off. Put your bottom crust in, fill with your cherry filling and then add the top crust. Crimp or pinch the edges to seal and cut off excess dough. I then sprinkled the top off my pie with some sugar and made slits in the center to allow steam out. Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.


While making a pie from scratch may take more time then a can and a frozen store bought crust...... trust me, it is well worth it! The taste is heaven and you can take pride in beauty that emerges from your oven! And trust me, you will blow your friends and family away with this pie. Remember, pie just makes everything better! Bon appetit my friends!



32 comments:

  1. Yummy! I use the same recipe as you do but put the ingredients in my food processor. However, the filling I have never tried from scratch. Since I agree with you about red dye #40 I will be giving this a shot. Blessings to you and yours!

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    1. Hope you love it as much as my family does :)

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  2. I may try to make that before the summer is over! My dad LOVES cherry pie but my mom can never seem to get the recipe the way he says my Grandma used to make it! She uses cherry pie filling though... maybe real cherries will do the trick!

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  3. This looks AMAZING. I wish you were my neighbor! LOL

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  4. YUM! Sounds super easy and looks super delicious! :) Thanks for sharing with Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

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  5. That is a gorgeous-looking pie! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday. You are very much appreciated!! Hope to see you again this week!!
    http://3glol.net/2014/08/18/teach-tuesday-17/

    Have a great day!

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  7. Oh My Goodness, I wish I had been there for a piece of this pie! I have never pitted cherries myself but I do love cherry pie. Pinning to the Yuck Stops Here board and my Dessert board also! I need to make this for my husband (and myself)! Please be sure to come back to The Yuck Stops Here with you great Foodie post. I love your blog, have followed you!
    Shirley @Intelligent Domestications

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    1. You do need to make one.... he will think you are a kitchen goddess LOL

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  8. This looks amazing! I LOVE homemade pie! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." Can't wait to see what you'll share this week! http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/08/try-new-recipe-tuesday-beach-edition-818.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to make one :)

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  9. Hi Mindie,
    This looks delicious. I take my hat off to you for pitting all of those cherries.
    Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  10. Looks amazing!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  11. We are featuring this post at this weeks Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  12. What a beautiful pie! I especially love cherry!

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    1. Thank you! I love having fun with our food LOL

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  13. When things go wrong eat pie, what a great thing to do and I do love your cherry pie. Thanks for sharing on #wednesdayswisdom , have a great week

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    1. When things go wrong, eat pie, words to live by LOL

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  14. Love your outlook on life and love the recipe the pie looks delicious. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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  15. Looks so yummy! Loving this cherry pie from scratch. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds!

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    1. Thanks for popping by, wait till you see my peach cobbler soon. Not totally from scratch but OMG is it good!

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  16. Looks perfect! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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