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This is the best darn cherry pie recipe. Made with fresh-off-the-tree cherries and a secret ingredient, almond extract, everyone who eats it will be in heaven.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 Slices
  • 2 quarts/8 cups of Fresh Tart Cherries, Pits Removed
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ Cup + 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter (cut into small cubes)
  • 2 uncooked pie crusts
  • Turbinado Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Toss the cherries with 1 teaspoon Almond Extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the Granulated Sugar with the Corn Starch.
  4. Add the sugar mixture to the cherries and toss to coat.
  5. Line a pie plate with your favorite pie dough recipe, or use a pre-made pie dough.
  6. Fill the uncooked crust with the cherry mixture.
  7. Dot the top of the cherries with 4 Tablespoons of Butter.
  8. Top the pie with another layer of pie dough and form decorative edges to seal the two crusts together.
  9. Cut some vent holes in the crust.
  10. Sprinkle with Turbinado Sugar.
  11. Bake for about 1 hour at 375ยบ F or until the crust is golden brown.
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature.
The cherries on my tree are a bit tart, which as it turns out, made the pie extra delicious. If your cherries are sweet you could consider reducing the quantity of sugar slightly.
Recipe by After Orange County at