Cherry Pie with Frozen Cherries

My homemade cherry pie with frozen cherries is a delicious treat. This dessert is simple to put together and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Encased in a golden brown all-butter flaky crust, this sweet cherry pie with frozen cherries recipe is simple to make!

A homemade cherry pie made with frozen cherries sitting on the table.

Cherry Pie with Frozen Cherries

I love making homemade pies – it’s simple yet gratifying! During the colder months, my favorite fruit pies to make are apple pies. When summer hits, I switch it up to blueberry and cherry pies, which I like to serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

If the thought of making homemade pie scares you, do not worry – this recipe is as simple as they come. The benefit of making cherry pie filling with frozen cherries is that they are already pitted, making them a great time-saving option.

If you’re looking for a delicious cherry pie, why not skip the canned cherry filling and make it from scratch? In this post, I will show you how to make the best cherry pie using frozen cherries.

And if you love naturally sweetened desserts, be sure to read this POST!

Organic frozen cherries in a bowl ready to be put in a cherry pie.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This homemade cherry pie recipe using frozen cherries is sure to be a family favorite! The frozen cherries make for quick and easy preparation and perfectly complement the flaky, buttery crust!

  • Easy – Making homemade pie is a labor of love, especially for those starting out. Although the crust and filling are made from scratch, the process is easy with the use of common baking ingredients. Using frozen cherries for the filling makes the process even simpler!
  • Simple – This recipe only requires ingredients that you would likely find in your pantry. There is no need for lemon juice, almond extract, corn starch, or tapioca starch.
  • Flavor – The cherry pie flavor is complemented by notes of vanilla and a sweetness of maple syrup that gives it a rich and deep flavor.
  • Texture – By carefully following the recipe for the cherry pie filling using frozen cherries, the result will be a thick, sliceable consistency that can be cut into neat slices.
  • Healthy – This homemade cherry pie filling recipe is quick, easy to make, and delightfully delicious! Plus, it’s free from high fructose corn syrup, dyes, or refined sugar, making it a healthier alternative to store-bought fillings.

Best Frozen Cherries For Pie

When making a pie from frozen cherries, selecting the best cherries is important for the best flavor. Depending on your preference, you can use dark sweet cherries, Rainier, or a combination of the two.

I love the flavor of the dark cherries; they are both sweet and tart, making them perfect for homemade dark cherry pie filling.

Kitchen essentials You may Need

Here is what you will need to make this easy pie recipe with frozen cherries.

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  • Saucepan or Dutch Oven – my Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Deep Oven is one of my favorite kitchen essentials. You can use a large saucepan to make the homemade cherry pie filling if you don’t have a dutch oven.
  • Pie Dish – Serve your pie in a gorgeous heirloom quality pie dish.
  • Rolling Pin – crafted in the USA, use this rolling pin to transform dough into a thin disk of pastry.
  • Mixing Bowl – I love the feel of these old-fashioned style stoneware mixing bowls, which come in various sizes.
  • Pastry Cutter – an essential kitchen tool, a pastry cutter is used for cutting the butter into the flour mixture.
  • Pie Shield – use a pie shield to cover the edge of the pie to help prevent burning the edges.

Ingredients for Cherry Pie Recipe from Frozen Cherries

To make this homemade cherry pie recipe with frozen berries, the necessary ingredients to make a bottom crust, filling, and top crust is listed below.

You can find the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling Using Frozen Cherries

  • Cherries – This recipe uses organic, dark sweet frozen cherries that are available year-round in the grocery store. Not only are they already pitted, requiring no extra work, but they offer the perfect combination of convenience and quality.
  • Maple Syrup – Adds sweetness without adding refined sugar, making the homemade pie filling healthier.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour is used to thicken the filling of a pie.
  • Vanilla – I recommend using pure vanilla extract for the best results.

All Butter Pie Crust

This pie crust is characterized by its flakiness and delicious flavor, both of which are provided by the butter used. It is my favorite pie crust, especially for making a lattice top.

  • Flour – I use unbleached all-purpose flour in this recipe. This type of flour is ideal for making flaky pie crust.
  • UnSalted Butter – Since the amount of salt in salted butter can vary between brands, using unsalted butter gives you better control over the flavor of your crust – you can add in the desired amount of salt to suit your taste.
  • Salt – adds flavor.
  • Ice Cold Water – To bring the dough together, use ice cold water.

How to Make Cherry Pie with Frozen Cherries

To begin, make the cherry pie filling and allow it to cool completely. Then, prepare the homemade pie crust. After that, assemble the pie and place it in the oven. Finally, bake the pie according to the instructions.

With careful attention to these steps, you’ll be able to make this easy cherry pie with frozen cherries!

Make Cherry Pie Filling from Frozen Cherries

Step 1 – For this recipe, use 8 cups of frozen cherries that have been thawed and drained. Allow the cherries to sit in a colander for a few minutes to ensure all the excess liquid has been removed.

Step 2 – Add the cherries to a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the cherries have softened.

Step 3 – While the cherries are simmering on the stovetop, whisk together maple syrup and flour in a small bowl, then stir the mixture into the cherries.

Step 4 – Simmer the cherries in a saucepan over low heat until they have reduced and thickened to a jam-like consistency, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the cherry filling to cool completely before use, about 1 hour.

Make the Pie Crust

Step 5 – In a bowl, combine the flour and salt stirring until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Step 6 – Dice the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to incorporate the butter into the flour until it is evenly distributed, with larger pea-sized pieces scattered throughout the mixture.

Step 7 – Gradually add in the ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until the mixture starts to come together and form a cohesive ball.

If it feels too dry or crumbly, add a bit more water until the dough holds together easily. Finally, use your hands to form the dough into a ball.

Step 8 – Gather the dough into a ball and divide it into two equal halves. Gently shape and pat each half into a round disk. For best results, cover the disks and chill them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling.

Assemble the Cherry Pie

Step 9 – On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough balls until it forms a circle large enough to fit into a 9-inch pie pan. Carefully lay the dough in the plate and cut off any overhanging excess dough with a sharp knife.

Step 10 – Carefully spoon the cooled cherry filling into the pie crust, ensuring that it is evenly distributed.

Step 11 – Remove the second disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator, roll it out to fit the top of the pie, and place it on top of the filling.

Gently press the edges together and crimp for a decorative finish. Cut a few small slits in the crust to release steam while baking.

For a video tutorial on how to weave a lattice pie crust, watch THIS!

Bake the Pie

Step 12 – Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake the pie for 50-55 minutes, until the cherry filling is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

Allow the pie to cool before serving for 3-4 hours, or place it in the refrigerator to speed up the process and chill for two hours.

Step 13 – Once cooled, slice the pie. Serve the delicious cherry pie with a dollop of freshly-whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat!

Tips for Using Frozen Cherries for Pie

Frozen cherries are an easy way to enjoy the sweet taste of the fruit year-round. For the best results when making a cherry pie recipe with frozen cherries, here are some helpful tips:

Thaw Cherries – Using frozen cherries for pie is convenient! To use them, ensure they are thawed completely, then place them in a colander to drain. No need to worry about using a cherry pitter to pit them, as they come pre-pitted!

Store Bought Crust – If you are running short on time, you can use a store-bought crust as a substitute for homemade pie dough.

Prevent Burnt Edges – To protect the edges of the pie from over-browning, wrap aluminum foil around the edges of the pie plate or use a pie shield.

Let the Pie Cool – Resist cutting into the pie as soon as it comes out of the oven. The pie is still cooking and needs to cool to room temperature. This allows time for the filling to thicken.

Cherry Pie using frozen Cherries Recipe

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Yield: 8-10

Cherry Pie with Frozen Cherries

Cherry Pie with Frozen Cherries

My homemade cherry pie with frozen cherries is a delicious treat. This dessert is a cinch to put together and is naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Encased in a golden brown all-butter flaky pie crust, this cherry pie with frozen cherries recipe is simple to make!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes

Ingredients

Cherry Pie Filling

  • 8 cups frozen cherries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

All Butter Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

Instructions

For this recipe, use 8 cups of frozen cherries that have been thawed and drained. Allow the cherries to sit in a colander for a few minutes to ensure all the excess liquid has been removed.

Add the cherries to a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the cherries have softened.

While the cherries are simmering on the stovetop, whisk together maple syrup and flour in a small bowl, then stir the mixture into the cherries.

Simmer the cherries in a saucepan over low heat until they have reduced and thickened to a jam-like consistency, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the cherry filling to cool completely before use, about 1 hour.

Make the Pie Crust

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt stirring until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Dice the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to incorporate the butter into the flour until it is evenly distributed, with larger pea-sized pieces scattered throughout the mixture.

Gradually add in the ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until the mixture starts to come together and form a cohesive ball.

If it feels too dry or crumbly, add a bit more water until the dough holds together easily. Finally, use your hands to form the dough into a ball.

Gather the dough into a ball and divide it into two equal halves. Gently shape and pat each half into a round disk. For best results, cover the disks and chill them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling.

Assemble the Pie

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the dough balls until it forms a circle large enough to fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Carefully lay the dough in the plate and cut off any overhanging excess dough with a sharp knife.

Carefully spoon the cooled cherry filling into the pie crust, ensuring that it is evenly distributed.

Remove the second disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator, roll it out to fit the top of the pie, and place it atop the filling.

Gently press the edges together and crimp for a decorative finish. Cut a few small slits in the crust to release steam while baking.

Bake the Cherry Pie

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and bake the pie for 50-55 minutes, or until the cherry filling is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

Allow for the pie to cool before serving, for 3-4 hours, or place it in the refrigerator to speed up the process and chill for two hours.

Once cooled, slice the pie. Serve the delicious cherry pie with a dollop of freshly-whipped cream or a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream for an extra special treat!

Notes

Thaw Cherries - Using frozen cherries for pie is convenient! To use them, ensure they are thawed completely, then place them in a colander to drain. No need to worry about using a cherry pitter to pit them, as they come pre-pitted!

Store Bought Crust - If you are running short on time, you can use a store-bought crust as a substitute for homemade pie dough.

Prevent Burnt Edges - To protect the edges of the pie from over-browning, wrap aluminum foil around the edges of the pie plate or use a pie shield.

Let the Pie Cool - Resist cutting into the pie as soon as it comes out of the oven. The pie is still cooking and needs to cool to room temperature. This allows time for the filling to thicken.

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