Cherry Pie for a Birthday

Mr. E celebrated a birthday a few weeks ago.  And, Mr. E is not a big fan of cake.

It actually took him a few days to decide what he wanted for his birthday "cake" this year.  His answer..."any fruit pie."

Well, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I emailed my Aunt Janice who makes the best cherry pies and crossed my fingers that the recipe didn't call for tart cherries.

See, I like to feel sorry for myself here in Texas that we don't have access to tart cherries.  They must be really perishable because it seems like we can get any fruit in the world, from any country in the world EXCEPT tart or sour cherries.

And here's where my pity party ends because Aunt Janice's recipe calls for canned tart cherries!!!  And are those not the cutest cans you've ever seen?  I love having them in my pantry. ♥

One more note, this recipe is one that my aunt got from her grandmother, Lolita.  And making a recipe from someone named Lolita really makes me happy.

Cherry Pie
{from Janice & Lolita}

double pie crust (I use this one and SWEAR by it)
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
4 TBSP cornstarch
3/4 cup juice from cherries
3 cups canned pitted tart red cherries (WATER packed, from 2 cans)
1 TBSP butter

Combine 3/4 cup sugar with cornstarch.

Stir in the cherry juice.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Cook 1 more minute.

Add remaining sugar, cherries & butter.  Let stand while preparing pastry.  Now is a good time to preheat the oven to 400.  {Also, have about 17 spoons at the ready...if you are like me, you'll be "testing" the filling quite frequently as it cools.}

(My tip: lightly brush the bottom crust with beaten egg white to prevent a soggy crust.)

Fill the bottom pie crust with the filling.

Cut the top crust with a pastry cutter.

To make a lattice top...

Criss-cross two of the strips across the middle of the pie.

Lay the remaining strips across the pie, lifting up strips as needed.

Now, it's time to trim.

Use a paring knife to trim the edges.

Brush the top with egg whites if desired.

Bake at 400 degrees for 55 minutes on the bottom oven rack. (Place a cookie sheet on the oven floor to catch spills.)

Let cool on a wire rack.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.  (Yes, it's required.)  We like Haagen-Dazs 5-Vanilla Bean.

{Just look at those flaky layers!!!  This pie crust recipe is the secret!}

I think Mr. E chose well!  Fruit pies for birthdays may become a trend around here!


  1. I don't even like cherries, but this looks yum :)

  2. I am soooo all over trying that pie crust!!! Looks PERFECT!!

    And Mr. E doesn't like cake???? That just totally blew my theory that he was the perfect man ;)

  3. That is some gorgeous pie- I am making that!

  4. You had me at cherry pie! I literally ran {as fast as my little fingers could click} right over! I don't like cake much either...but I love the name Lolita. With a name like that, she's gotta be cool!!!

  5. I almost prefer pie to cake too!

    this is gorgeous Bridget!!

  6. Ooooo dELish! I really need to get some more pie toys to make these pretty edges!

  7. What a lovely pie! I'm not a fan of cake on my birthday either. I'd rather have something much more decadent. :)

  8. I love cherry pie. Can't wait to try your recipe. That crust looks amazing!!! Yummmy

  9. Beautiful pie-perfect for a birthday celebration!

  10. Cherry pie is my favorite. The recipe I like the most uses Minute Tapioca instead of corn starch for thickening. No need to precook. Just mix and pour into the pie crust.

  11. This pie looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it.

  12. So so pretty! And how I love all of these treats you are sharing with us!! I mean I looooooooooooooove your cookies but girl you have it goin on elsewhere in the kitchen too! ;)

  13. You are right about getting fresh tart cherries. I live in Michigan (one of the major tart cherry producing states) and even we can only get them fresh for about a two-week window in July. But if you ever want to try a "fresher" version than canned, you can have them shipped to you frozen from lots of the growers in the state. A google search would give you lots of options.

  14. I will choose pie over cake almost every single time, and cherry is one of my favorites. Yours looks gorgeous, Bridget! Can't wait to try your recipe. Those flaky layers are calling to me.

  15. I'm always a little too scared to make pies but this looks sooo good! I'm gonna have to give it a try.

  16. So... is it completely unacceptable to bake the crust and just eat that and forgo the fruit altogether?

    not that i would do that.

    anyways. the pie looks delicious! :)

  17. Love cherry pie! It's probably my first choice when it comes to fruit pies and this one is a beauty.


    I had! Berry, berry goooood!

  19. WOW, delish! I make cherry pies for my friend's birthday every year, and I'm definitely putting this recipe on the calendar for next year! AND that pie crust! THANKS! :D

  20. WOW, delish! I make cherry pies for my friend's birthday every year, and I'm definitely putting this recipe on the calendar for next year! AND that pie crust! THANKS! :D

  21. i love your blog! xoxo

  22. My husband doesn't like cake. But he loves pie. Correction, he loves pie CRUST. And this flaky crust looks to die for!!!

  23. Those flaky layers are what make a pie awesome. Yum!

  24. What a gorgeous golden and flaky cherry pie! I've never had a cherry pie before, but I sure want a slice right now!!! Yum.

  25. So funny! My hubby is not a fan of cake either so I always make him something cherry for his birthday - pie, cobbler, crisp, etc...he's not too picky!

  26. Beautiful job Bridget!! I bet your sweet hubby was SO happy!

  27. I'm betting Mr. E. was so happy with this pie that he was dancing his fancy new dance steps all around the kitchen and gave you a twirl or two in the process! Beautiful looking pie Bridget. Hey....for his half birthday you can make him some tarts or a turnover!
    Thanks for linking back to your pie crust recipe. I'm going to try it...soon.

  28. Well I thought I was going to comment on this INCREDIBLE Cherry Pie but I must say~
    I'm even more impressed with MR. E's COMMENT!!!!
    Look at Mr. E commenting with a picture and everything!
    He even cracked a little joke~
    "it was berry berry good!"
    How cute is he!!!!!! ;)
    Let's give this cherry pie a bit of attention!
    Wanna know what I love~
    that you do things the "old timey" way!
    I too love to use the old tools and the ole traditional recipes~
    Cooking old~timey makes things so YUMMY.
    This is a great crust tutorial which is why I just pinned it for the whole wide world to see! ;)
    You are a master Sweet Girl!
    Whatever you bake is golden!
    I've said it before and I'll say it a million times~
    Mr. E and Kiddo are so lucky to live such a SWEET SWEET life with you!
    I adore everything you bake!

  29. Oh my!! I LOVE Cherry Pie! I'm drooling!! Gonna make this for sure! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

    Debbie in alaska

  30. I don't like cherries, but this looks so good!!! Maybe I will do it with peaches instead!

    I have a fun giveaway with rosette necklaces going on that I would love for you to enter!

  31. My dear husband receives a blueberry pie every year as his birthday dessert. Candles and all.

  32. yum - I definitely feel like some pie right now!

  33. I have to agree with Mr. E-- I'm a birthday pie man, myself. ESPECIALLY cherry pie. I'm definitely going to try this recipe in the near future. *nom*

  34. I often make pies for my husband's birthdays too. And I canned about 8 pies worth of tart cherry pie filling this summer, but my husband keeps opening them and eating them on yogurt, which means I don't know if there's a cherry pie in my future! :(

  35. Gorgeous cherry pie!! Mr. E. is one lucky guy:) Thanks for the close up of the flaky layers...I think that may have just pushed me over the edge to try and make this someday!

  36. I love cherry pie! It is my all time favorite.

  37. That crust looks ahMAHzing!
    I will give in to my crust fear and make this one :)

  38. cheers to Lolita . . . and it's probably a good thing that my child rearing days are ovah . . . cuz' i'd name a girl Lolita . . . love how it sounds . . . why yes, i am a bad mother . . .

  39. This cherry cake looks like pure perfection. You have a lucky Mr. E ;)

  40. My husband enjoys "birthday pie" as well! In fact, the only time I have ever made him a cake for his birthday was when we were dating. I had already made plans to bake him a cake and he didn't have the heart to tell me that he liked pie better than cake. What a cutie!

  41. Everything about this pie looks absolutely perfect, Bridget! I especially love the flaky crust shot. Beautiful :)

  42. I know its late, but I just "found" you... N-LOVE!!!
    You so stormed this TXgal- born and raised- with a flood of emotions..and we could use a little floodING here..BirthdayCherry Pie was my fav from my MeMaw..she would always ask what cake I wanted and then always made me -Cherry pie from SCRATCH - well I am sure she used can cherries too :) and it was all for ME,no sharing..unless of course I chose to :) thanks for the memory..I shall return often, as I too love making cookies and using emotiocons :)

  43. we have those canned cherries at our grocery store and last week i pointed them out to my boyfriend saying how much i loved the packaging. he said they looked old and he didn't want to eat them... boys!

    prettiest canned cherries ever!

  44. Hi! Quick question re the pie crust..... you really just break it up into the flour and mush it into a ball? You don't cut in the butter like the crisco? I've been making pie crust for-ev-er and haven't ever seen this approach so I'm very interested in trying it. I usually do it in the food processor.... and it doesn't sound like this recipe would work in the processor. I want to make this cherry pie tonight, so any additional insight you can offer would be great!! LOVE your site. Thanks!

  45. How do you get away with just 1 stick of butter in the crust! Love the pastry cutter charm. great recipe and awesome photos. We just made a cherry pie recipe video (mini pies)!

  46. Yum! These look amazing! Cannot wait to try it out!!!

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