Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

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Homemade Cherry Pie Filling
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Enough for a 9 inch pie
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 c. fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  1. In a large bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cherries.
  2. Pour mixture into a large saucepan, add water and lemon juice.
  3. 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!


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