- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 4 c. fresh cherries, pitted
- 1½ cups water
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- In a large bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cherries.
- Pour mixture into a large saucepan, add water and lemon juice.
- Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
Tip #1: You can swap flour in place of cornstarch, but will take a few extra minutes of cooking time to thicken.
Tip #2: This recipe makes enough for a 9-in. pie. To use in other dessert recipes, a 21-oz. can of commercial pie filling is equal to 2 cups.
Tip #3: Highly recommend investing in a Cherry Pitter!
What is a cherry pitter? It is a device for removing the pit from a cherry, leaving the cherry relatively intact. Range in price —$10-$13. Recommended Brand — XOX Cherry & Olive Pitter. Very easy to use!
Fun Memory: For years, I have always wanted to attempt in making a homemade cherry pie. For whatever reason, I never had the confidence in myself to try! Since I had some Amazon Gift Cards leftover to use from my Bridal Shower, I figured this would be the perfect time to purchase my own Cherry Pitter!! I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to use it. This past June, while cherries were in their peak season, I purchased a few pounds of Bing Cherries and finally attempted. All I have to say is “Super easy”! (As easy as my cranberry sauce recipe.) And of course, tastes amazing!