Tart & Sweet Cherry Pie

Can you believe that this is my first summer ever sampling sour cherries? For some reason I just didn’t think they were grown locally, so I never bothered trying to find any. But when I started receiving requests for tart cherry jam via my business, I knew I had to do a little more digging…and it turns out there are plenty of places around here that grow their own sour cherries – or at least normally do. This year has been an especially bad year for them because of the freezing/warm weather we had back in April that destroyed a lot of the crop. Fortunately though, I was still able to get my hands on some to make jam…and, I bought  a few extra quarts so that I could make my very first sour cherry pie. I threw in some sweet cherries as well, and I think the resulting pie is a wonderful balance of tart and sweet, almost like a strawberry-rhubarb pie. I hope you give it a try, and have a great week!

  • pie crusts
  • 4 cups sour cherries, pitted
  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the pie crusts to 1/8″ thick. Place in a pie dish and crimp the edges, if desired.

In a large bowl, toss the cherries with the flour and sugar.

Spoon the filling into the pastry-lined pie dish. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the second pie crust to 1/8″ thick. Cut strips about 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick.

Arrange the strips over the top of the pie, weaving in and out to achieve the traditional lattice look.

Cut the excess lattice strips from around the edges, and sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired. (Note: Next time I plan to crimp the edges of the bottom crust after I put the lattice topping on, so that the top is secured to the bottom and strips aren’t poking out.)

Cover the pie edge with aluminum foil or a pie shield. Bake 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and the juice begins to bubble. Remove the foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Cool on a wire rack at least 2 hours before serving.

25 Responses to “Tart & Sweet Cherry Pie”

  1. 1 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    The lattice top on this pie is beautiful!!! And I am sure it tastes wonderful. Such a perfect summertime pie!!

  2. 2 Annamaria @ bakewell junction Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:36 am

    The pie looks so pretty. Could I use sweet cherries only? I love bing cherries.

  3. 3 Jenna Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    That is the prettiest darn pie EVER! Beautiful lattice–I wish I could take a gigantic bite right now.

  4. 4 Sarah Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    The pie looks delicious! I love the cherries.

  5. 5 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Oooh, I’m so glad you’ve been introduced to the amazing flavor of sour cherries! I love to gobble ‘em up like Pac Man.

  6. 6 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    This pie looks so delicious! I can’t wait to get some cherries!

  7. 7 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    This looks terrific. Love the picture.

  8. 8 Jennifer Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    What an interesting idea to combine the two types of cherries! Lovely pie.

  9. 9 Cathy @ Noble Pig Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful crust and lattice work! I just received a bucket of fresh cherries so this would be a great idea!!

  10. 10 Pat Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Beautiful! My mother used to make the most incredible cherry pie ever…I’m sure this one is similar. Love your pie dish too!

    Thanks so much for sharing ~


  11. 11 Mom R Says:
    July 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I’m so impressed…..pie looks beautiful & delecious. The lattice top is not easy to make. It seems that cherry pies are the lattice queens of baking….great job!

  12. 12 Annika (douxflavor.tumblr.com) Says:
    July 26th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Perfect pie! :)

    - Annika

  13. 13 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction Says:
    July 26th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Delicious! Love the lattice top!

  14. 14 Expedition Eat (Dina Krohne) Says:
    July 27th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Oh, that pie is making me hungry! And I love the pie dish – where did you find it?

  15. 15 Words Of Deliciousness Says:
    July 28th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I have never made an cherry pie before, although I love to eat cherry pie. Your pie looks wonderful. I am sure that it tasted delicious with the sweet and sour cherries.

  16. 16 Sarah @ a Dash and a Pinch Says:
    July 30th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I LOVE your lattice work! I’ve done the traditional weaving thing, but I’ve never had wavy edges! I think it makes it look so stinking cute. Also, we need to get together again! Email me :)

  17. 17 Catalina @ Cake with Love Says:
    July 30th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Give me cherries and I am happy, give me cherries in a buttery flaky crust and I super happy!! Love the pie!

  18. 18 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen Says:
    July 30th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    What a beautiful looking pie! Cherry pie is one of my absolute favorites! :)

  19. 19 Jen @ Savory Simple Says:
    July 30th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve just realized that I haven’t had cherry pie all summer! MUST FIX.

  20. 20 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious Says:
    July 30th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Gorgeous lattice top! And I love the combination of both sour and sweet cherries.

  21. 21 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Such a beautiful pie, Tracy. I’m so glad you found sour cherries locally!

  22. 22 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe Says:
    August 1st, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    A gorgeous pie – I bet it tastes as delicious as it looks! One day I will conquer my pie fears and make this for my dad – he flips over homemade cherry pie. And his birthday is just around the corner, so maybe I should conquer my fear (or at least try to) sooner rather than later?

  23. 23 Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden Says:
    August 4th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Really nice decoration! It look tasty to ! Worth trying!

  24. 24 Amanda Says:
    August 4th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    This is positively gorgeous! That lattice is perfect!

  25. 25 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    August 16th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    This pie looks absolutely divine… I adore cherry pie. Unfortunately, I missed cherry season around here this year. Love the lattice top on your pie, along with the pie dish… Beautiful!

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