How to Make a Cherry Pie

A Cherry Pie is perhaps the simplest and easiest fruit pies to make, even if you happen to be a first-timer. Fresh, frozen or canned unsweetened tart cherries can all be used to make a cherry pie and you'll find them in any supermarket near you. Here's a simple recipe to follow for your cherry pie.

The ingredients you'll need are - frozen unsweetened tart cherries - 4 cups; fast-cooking tapioca - 3 tablespoons; granulated sugar - 1 cup; almond extract - ½ teaspoon; butter - 2 tablespoons; pie crust shells - 2.

To make your cherry pie - start by putting the cherries, almond extract, granulated sugar and tapioca in a mixing bowl. You needn't defrost the cherries prior to mixing. Mix the ingredients well and allow it to stand for approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Empty the mixture into one pie crust and then spread the butter over the mixture.

Take the other pie crust and cover the one with the mixture and seal the edges by crimping both crust shells together. Make sure to cut a few slits in the upper pie crust shell. This will allow steam to escape while also giving your cherry pie a decorative look.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Let your cherry pie bake for approximately 50 - 55 minutes. Towards the last few minutes of baking, observe your cherry pie. When the filling starts to bubble and the crust turns a rich golden brown, remove the pie from the oven. Make sure to use oven mitts as your cherry pie will be too hot to handle when doing so.

Keep your cherry pie to cool for a few minutes. A wire rack would be a good place for this. Once cool, your pie will be ready to serve and relish. And if the results are delicious ... you'll have the confidence and desire to make cherry pies more often.


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