Sure, it may be easier to get a store-bought pie for your July 4th get together, but then you couldn’t say, “Thanks, I made it!” when people say how great the pie is! The first time I made this pie, it was the first pie I ever attempted, and it turned out perfect. Since then, I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, and made it my own. I call it a Pretty Easy Cherry Pie, because there will be times you’ll have to use your own judgment, and because it does take some time to make.
Let’s get into it though, because there’s nothing worse than an online recipe that makes you scroll a mile to find the important parts. I'm also including a downloadable recipe card at the bottom. Save it to your phone, tablet, or computer for easier access.
Pretty Easy Cherry Pie
6 cups Frozen Cherries, Pitted (tart or sweet - I use tart)
1/2 cup Water
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
4 tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 package Refrigerated Pie Crust (make sure you get 2 pie crusts)
1 Tablespoon of Milk (any kind of milk will do. I used almond)
Red Food Coloring (optional - helps make that cherry red color really pop!)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon (optional - gives it a subtle spiced flavor)
See, it's not so hard to make a pie! No doubt, your friends and family will appreciate the effort you put into making this pie for them. If needed, you can store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also make the filling a day or two before you assemble the pie.
Please let me know how yours turn out! And if you have any tips on pie making, leave them down in the comments. Same goes for any questions about the recipe! Have a happy and safe Independence Day!