A tender flaky crust is filled with a sweet-sour filling in this ultimate cherry pie! Perfect for an outdoor summer feast or 4th of July party.
ultimate cherry pie

The.Boy and I have very different notions about what it means to celebrate the 4th of July.

His plans involve sitting at Citifield watching The Mets continue to crash and burn try their best because really, there are no winners and losers in baseball. Just a bunch of people on a field, following their dreams.

And what defines the American spirit more than that?


In contrast, I intend to make pie. Then eat pie. Then recover from eating aforesaid pie. Then eat more pie.

Rinse and repeat until all pie is gone.

Then inquire as to what we are having for dinner.

Again, what defines the American spirit more than that?


I’m not really sure how cherry pie got its standing as the quintessential American pie, but the fact that it is entrenched in many aspects of Americana is fairly inarguable.

I mean, National Cherry Pie Day just happens to fall on President’s Day and George Washington just happened  to not lie about chopping down a cherry tree and Warrant’s hit song from the 90s just happened to be called “Cherry Pie”, when it could have just as well been blueberry or olallieberry.

Well, so long as you can’t fight City Hall, you might as well join it.


So for an ultimate act of patriotism, I say we make an ultimate cherry pie.

It’s really just the right thing to do.


Juicy and thick without a hint of artificial, disturbingly sweet cherry flavor, this pie is all sorts of sweet and sour, enrobed in a rich, flaky, buttery crust.

I highly recommend consuming it with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side

Again, because what defines the American spirit more than that?

Ultimate Cherry Pie
A tender flaky crust is filled with a sweet-sour filling in this ultimate cherry pie! Perfect for an outdoor summer feast or 4th of July party.
Yield: 1 9-inch pie
For the crust
  • ⅓ cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2½ cup all purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 cup chilled butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 large egg yolks
For the filling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 lb sour or morello cherries, fresh or jarred, pitted and rinsed
  • 2 lb sweet cherries, fresh, pitted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • demerara sugar for sprinkling
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the almond flour, sugar, salt, and flour. Pulse to combine. Add in the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add the egg yolks and ¼ cup ice water to the food processor and pulse just until the dough starts to come together.
  2. Remove to a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is evenly moistened. Split dough in half and pat each piece into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. When you are ready to make the pie, preheat oven to 425F. Let the dough sit out for 5 minutes to soften. Roll out each dough half on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch round. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, lime zest, cornstarch and cherries. Toss to coat.
  5. Transfer one pie crust to a 9-inch pie plate. Scrape the cherry filling into the crust.
  6. Using a ½-inch pastry tip or a cookie cutter, punch out holes in the remaining crust (or just cut slits in it). Place it on top of the filling. Fold the edge of the top crust under the bottom crust and press together to seal. Crimp as desired.
  7. Brush the pie with the beaten egg and sprinkle generously with the demerara sugar.
  8. Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350, covering the edges of the pie with foil or more parchment paper if it is browning too quickly. Cook for another 50-60 minutes or until pie is bubbling and crust is deep golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 4 hours before serving.
Barely adapted from Bon Appetit
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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56 Responses to Ultimate Cherry Pie

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    Oh my.That crust. It looks sooooooo good!

  2. Oh well I’m not American but this ultimate cherry pie bandwagon is one I’d like to jump into!
    That crust is calling my name oh my – and that filling…. *drools*

  3. I don’t celebrate 4th July but I *do* celebrate cherry pie! This looks so good! I love the combination of sweet and sour cherries – it’s a shame fresh sour cherries aren’t easier to come by!

  4. debbie says:

    I could just eat the crust alone. It looks delicious. Cherry pie is definitely all American and perfect for the 4th. Of course a Mets game is patriotic too!!!

  5. haha, we have similar ideas of what should be done when celebrating our countries. Today is Canada Day, and I’m making pie too!!…ice cream….’cuz it’s freaking HOT!!!

    Also, classic cherry pie is one of my favourites. Definitely need to try this!

  6. This would absolutely be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, as you said! I’m happy to celebrate the 4th with a slice of this beauty 🙂

  7. Beth says:

    Cherry pie may be the ultimate American dessert, but this Canadian loves it too!
    And thanks for that risotto recipe. We absolutely loved it, and I’ll be making it again, probably with a different mix of vegetables. I’m so glad I tried it – I always thought risotto would be way too much work, and it wasn’t at all.

  8. I vote for celebrating your way!

  9. Jenny says:

    The pie looks delish. Just double check your lore. I believe it’s Mr. Washington that cut down the cherry tree. I suppose Lincoln wouldn’t tell cherry-related lies either.

  10. Barbara says:

    Awesome cherry pie, Joanne! Perfect for the 4th, Love the almond flour in your crust. Going to try that.

  11. Leah Davis says:

    yay ~ love cherry pie!! Happy 4th!! I just showed this picture to my husband and I think he’s drooling over it a little bit 🙂

  12. Zainab says:

    I will be celebrating in your style with a pie like this!! Much more fashionable 🙂

  13. Sues says:

    Now I totally need to bake a pie for the 4th of July. This one looks GORGEOUS!

  14. Ultimate — um, I’d say SO. Give me a ha-uge slice and some ice cream and I’m in heaven

  15. I adore so many things about this pie – the almond flour in the pastry, the combo of sweet and tart cherries and lime zest – all make for one marvelous pie! yum!

  16. Yep. This definitely looks like the “ultimate”. LOVE this pie, Joanne! Cherry pie is one of my favorite pies and I especially crave it in the summertime. 😉 This would be a perfect 4th dessert with a ginormous scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  17. IDK, I could pack up a few pieces of this pie (my fav btw) and sit outside and watch some baseball player bums.

  18. Meg says:

    Woo, America! This pie looks fabulous, and I definitely believe in celebrating Independence Day with tons of dessert. Totally the right thing to do.

  19. Ooooooh, yum. Nothing is better than cherry pie in the middle of summer!

  20. Kinsey says:

    Looks fabulous! For our fourth, we have a Chili-Cook Off in our neighborhood (with an ice cream tasting this year!!!!!) with a 5k fun run in the morning. But a pie looks like a great way to refuel from the run….

  21. What a beauty! I’d love a giant slice with vanilla ice cream, side of baseball optional 🙂

  22. That looks pretty ultimate to me!!

  23. Ummmm…my plate empty. I would like another slice please 🙂 No, it doesn’t have to be a tiny slice cause it’s fruit and that’s really good for me.

  24. Fruit is healthy, so I can eat all of this… right?! 🙂 This looks amazing and I love the sweet/sour tart flavors of cherry pie!

  25. Olivia says:

    Cherry pie is one of my favourites. It looks so delicious. Definitely need to try this for summer!

  26. Oh wow, I can see why this is the ultimate! Happy 4th to you and yours, Jo!!!

  27. Heather says:

    Yum. I tend to always have a difficult time with crusts so I rarely make pies, but… yum. This sounds amazing. It would also be a good way to use some of the almond flour I just bought because I was going to use it for something and can’t remember what…

  28. Butter crust with sweet and sour cherry filling…simply heavenly!

  29. Julia says:

    Is it weird that I want to rub this pie all over my face, rinse and repeat? It looks so perfect! I’ve never made a cherry pie so I reckon I had better hop to it!

  30. I’m with you. Pie and more pie and more pie!

  31. Oh man, I wish Pi(e) Day could be everyday so I can eat pies like this – I’ll eat and recover with you! I love how the top of the pie is little holes – so fun!

  32. Luckily, this looks like Canada day colors too..So I can celebrate with this pie too! I’m still asking myself why I have never made any other kinds of pie other than apple..

  33. Kate says:

    I like that you put ice cream on the side, because “a la mode” would be un-American!

  34. This looks absolutely delicious! Yum!

  35. Hotly Spiced says:

    That’s a gorgeous looking pie and I love how it has both the sour and the fresh cherries in it. Maybe The Boy could watch the game on TV while you make the pie? xx

  36. Megan says:

    I like your plans better! So much American spirit!

  37. What a warm and inviting pie, especially since I am stuck in a never ending winter 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  38. Shannon says:

    this reminds me that i still have some sour cherries in the freezer 🙂 must put those to good use!

  39. I celebrate with you, hooray for cherry pie. I loooove cherry pie. And that crust – love.

  40. I can’t get enough of cherry recipes this type of the year and this pie looks incredible! Pass me a slice, please!

  41. Eileen says:

    PIE. Pie pie pie pie pie pie pie. Look at all that juice! In conclusion, pie.

  42. Eating pie on the 4th of July sounds good to me. I wish I could take a piece of your cherry pie, it looks so good.

  43. Danguole says:

    That crust! I die. It looks so perfect–love the golden brown color and that coarse sugar! And the berries look so real, so fresh, so from-a-tree-not-a-can. You win America!

  44. I love how you made the top of the pie! It looks fantastic and I am so going to ‘steal’ the idea 🙂

  45. Veronica says:

    My hubs is a huge cherry pie fan, while it is last on my list of preferred pies. This really does sound ultimate and I’m pinning it to make for him.

  46. grace says:

    love the almond flour in the crust–perfect complement to those fat, gorgeous cherries!

  47. Beautiful and SO much better than baseball!

  48. Oh my goodness… this looks so good. I’m not even a big pie person. Well, that’s not true. If fruit pie, especially cherry or apple, are presented to me, I’m not going to turn it away.

    And I agree… ultimate form of patriotism (certainly it’s the most delicious).

  49. Cherry pie was always my favourite kind as a child. Yours looks amazing – I love how all the cherries are oozing out of the crust – oooh yummy! Happy 4th July! 🙂

  50. Kathryn says:

    The most beautiful pie ever!

  51. Corina says:

    It looks gorgeous – I’m going to have to try adding ground almond to my pie crust now. Not that I make pies very often but I love to eat them.

  52. wow what a delicious recipe. love the flavour combinations, definitely will have to try it out. thanks for the inspiration!

  53. alyssa says:

    I love Cherry Pie so much! Seeing this has me all nostalgic (and hungry!)

  54. Debby says:

    There are just a few pies that I love. Pumpkin rules. But cherry… yeah, that’s my secret love. Stunning!

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