Sweet Cherry Pie

When I saw Deb’s sweet cherry pie, I was in love. I wondered how I could have possibly forgotten about cherry pie–I mean is that a classic or what?

Everybody loves pie, and almost everybody loves cherries, and all together, you’ve got a treat that will be gobbled up in no time. With a delicious, flaky, buttery crust, and that seductively dark, juicy cherry filling, there’s a reason this pie is a classic. There’s one surprising ingredient in the mix though: black pepper! Ironically, you won’t be able to detect it much in the finished pie, however it serves to give the cherries an even sweeter, flavorful intensity than they would have on their own (sort of like balsamic and strawberries).

  • 1 pie crust
  • ~4 cups Bing cherries
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cold butter
  • Crust decoration
    • bit of milk for wash
    • sugar, for decoration

The first thing you should do is prepare your pie crust so it has the time it needs in the fridge.

Begin by tossing any reject cherries and then stem, half, and pit the rest. These suckers are juicy and ready to stain, so wear something that you wouldn’t mind ruining with a red splotch or two.

As you work through the cherries, toss them in a bowl along with the sugar, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, almond extract, and vanilla extract. After a few minutes, the cherries should release a good bit of juice, at which point, you can then work in the cornstarch, stirring it to spread throughout and eliminate any chunks without overbeating and mushing up the cherries.

With both the filling and the base of your crust ready, fill the crust up and warm the oven up to 400°F. Take that remaining tablespoon of butter, cut it up into small chunks, and sprinkle them all over the top of your pie filling.

Now, get to work making the lattice on top of your pie if (you’re feeling adventurous/decorative–otherwise, just put on a flat sheet of dough, crimp the edges, and slice a few steam vents). Brush the dough with a bit of milk, sprinkle on some sugar, and transfer to the oven.

Let this bake at 400 for 25 minutes, after which, you should cut the temperature down to 350°F for another 25 minutes.


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28 Responses to “Sweet Cherry Pie”

  1. joanne at frutto della passione Says:

    Yes, please … oh and I take cream and sugar in my coffee ; )

  2. clumbsycookie Says:

    It looks amazing! Black pepper sounds a cool addition! Too bad I can only get cherries next year now:(

  3. kittie Says:

    I love the mix of cherry and black pepper. This is a pie to drool over!

  4. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy Says:

    Oh boy, am I ever glad I bought that cherry pitter! This pie looks wonderful! Love the lattice work! Cherry pie is definitely one of my faves.

  5. Peter Says:

    Sticking with the rock mode, now I’m singing Warrant’s “She’s my Cherry Pie…” lol

    This looks just like at an old diner, complete with lattice work.

  6. RecipeGirl Says:

    My sis in law asked me to make a cherry pie recently and I told her no. Had I had your post, I’d have done it! This looks great- love the pepper addition.

  7. kate Says:

    yeah like how a tsp of coffee enhances chocolate, lime enhances a thick vegetable soup, i can imagine how pepper must work here. Perfect looking pie.

  8. Ivy Says:

    What a pity. Cherries are long gone. Your pie looks delicious. I have never added black pepper in a dessert before but I sure would like to try this.

  9. noble pig Says:

    I love a man who bakes…they are hard to find.

  10. Meeta Says:

    are you still getting cherries out there? oh you lucky!! cherry pie – oh yes a classic indeed. the black pepper is lovely. i recently had a chocolate bar with black pepper so i can imagine the flavor here!

  11. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) Says:

    Cherry pie makes me think of gingham aprons and lace curtains and farmhouses — all good associations! Haven’t had cherry pie in years, so thanks for the reminder of why this is a classic.

  12. pam Says:

    I wish I could bake pies. Sigh.

  13. Y Says:

    Looks soooo good! Can’t wait til cherries start cropping up in shops here!

  14. Bunny Says:

    My husband and I love cherry pie and your’s looks great! I have a hankering for it now LOL!

  15. heather Says:

    mmmm yum! the addition of black pepper sounds perfect. I always like a little bite in my fruit.

  16. grace Says:

    your cherries look great, and the pie looks even better. i’ve never made a cherry pie, probably because i end up eating the cherries before they can make it close to the prep stage. :)

  17. Lynn Says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous pie! I love your pie crust tutorial, too.

  18. Mansi Says:

    black pepper! amazing!:) you do know how to tempt Mike:) sadly, I don’t see many cherries here now…but I just got back from a vacation in Europe, and haven’t gotten into the “cooking” fervor yet:)D

  19. Heather Says:

    The best thing about cherry pie is how it made Tawny Kitaen a star.

    It’s my favorite of all pies, too.

  20. Nicisme Says:

    You are quite cruel posting this, I love cherries and the season is long gone here. I would love a slice right now…

  21. Alexa Says:

    Cherries… Such a lovely fruit and perfect for pies. This one looks gorgeous!

  22. Hélène Says:

    Why do you do this to me? It’s breakfast time and now I stirring at this beautiful pie. Beautiful!

  23. Nora Says:

    what a beauty, Mike!!! I am still counting down the days to my cherry bliss. The addition of black pepper is interesting. I’ll make a small pie to try that out, thanks for the idea.

    have a terrific weekend,


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  25. Marie Says:

    I’m bringing the vanilla icecream, save me some!!

  26. mikky Says:

    i love cherries… and your pie looks amazing!!! :)

  27. Pam Says:

    I love, love, love cherry pie. This looks amazing! The crust is calling my name.

  28. Sam Says:

    Cherry pie is one of my absolute favourites, yours looks fantastic!

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