Here’s a summer fruit pie, piled high with fresh ripe, plump cherries and topped with a flaky lattice crust. You can’t beat a simple, classic and beautiful cherry pie!
Summer finally feels like it has officially arrived! And oh, how I’ve been craving days like these; jumping in the car, hitting the road and exploring new spots until the sun sets. My good friend Mary and I ditched the city and headed west to Beamsville, Ontario. We found a cute little farm and spent the day cherry picking, wine tasting and then relaxed for a backyard bbq. Just about a perfect summer day if you ask me!
Mary had mentioned to me a few weeks ago that she had never gone fruit picking before. I was astonished by this news as strawberry picking was a favourite summer activity as a kid followed by handing over all the strawberries to my Grandma to make jam.
Sometimes I forget that not everyone grew up like I did and had the same experiences. But after hearing this news, it was a simple fix! What’s in season to pick? And find a farm to head to! Mary loved it! Who said you had to be a kid to enjoy fruit picking?
Cherries were never a favourite fruit of mine growing up but I think if we had gone cherry picking as a kid I might have changed my mind! I had so much fun climbing the little ladders and dropping handfuls of ripe cherries into my basket. And I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I really didn’t have to worry about rotten ones or searching too hard… they were all ripe, perfect and easy to find and basically jumping off the tree and into my basket!
7 litres of cherries later and a full belly of ‘help yourself’ cherries we headed to a cute vineyard called Angels Gate; sipped on Ontario sparklings, and enjoyed the summer heat! Meanwhile I was wracking my brain with everything I was going to bake, first up – my very first cherry pie! And what a pie it is 🙂
Happy summer days filled with cherry pies! 🙂
Simple, classic and beautiful! A summer fruit pie, piled high with fresh ripe cherries and topped with a flaky lattice crust.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
- Yield: 9 inch pie 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- 1 pie dough recipe
- 5–6 cups pitted fresh cherries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- milk for brushing pastry
- coarse sugar to sprinkle on top of pie (optional)
- a few knobs of butter to add to pie
- Make pastry following pastry recipe (link is in ingredient list).
- In a large bowl add pitted cherries, sugar, flour, lemon juice, and almond extract.
- On a prepared work surface roll dough out into a circle larger than your pie dish, approx. 12 inches. Gently lay the dough into a 9 inch pie dish.
- Trim the edges and reserve the dough to use for your lattice. Prick the bottom of the pie several times with a fork. With the extra pastry re-roll and cut into strips (you’ll need 9 strips).
- Fill the pie with the cherry mixture and make your lattice on top. Trim the extra edges and press the pastry edges together.
- Brush the top lattice with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Add a few dollops of butter in the holes of the lattice.
- Place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 450˚F.
- Place the pie in the middle rack, with a baking sheet on the rack below to catch any pie drippings. Bake for 10 minutes at 450˚F. Reduce the heat to 350˚F and continue to bake for another 45-50 minutes until crust is brown and filling is bubbling.
- Let pie cool for 10 -15 minutes before serving.
Keywords: Cherry Pie, Pastry, Dessert, Summer, Cherry, Pie
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