Thank you for posting this! It seems like sour cherry pies are making a comeback this summer, which I am all too thankful for! My grandma’s version of the recipe is nearly identical, which just goes to show that this pie has needed few improvements over the past six decades!
This is my favorite dessert – bar none. Grew up in Indiana and our neighbor had a sour cherry tree and would let us pick it clean. Can’t put in words how good they were. But now I live in CA and have a hard time finding fresh sour cherries. Sadness.
Recipe note: My mom always put in a drop or two of almond extract in the cherries instead of vanilla – really brings out the cherry flavor.
Yay! I chose Cherry Pie over Apple every time as a kid! (those were the 2 staples on my Grandma’s table). I love your rustic lattice work – perfection :-)
Thank you for reminding us about this wonderful treat.
Mmmm! Cherry Pie!
I know the feeling of writing to yourself. I just started my blog and I have 1 comment. I know that it takes time, but it is just the excitement of getting those comments and questions. Plus they lead to conversations and eventually new found friends.
Just found your blog last week!! Sour cherry pie is my FAVORITE pie. Unfortunately, here in NW Indiana, I have no access to sour cherries. Although some people grow these in their yards, they have no idea what they are missing and fail to spray the trees before the worms find them. I have no local stores that carry them; thus, I am always longing for some pie!!
I’ve been making this recipe for the past few years and it’s the best. For those worried about the work–sour cherries are MUCH EASIER to pit than sweet/bing cherries. Actually, I wash my hands thoroughly and pop out the pit with my fingernail–no special equipment required!
The only thing I’ve found with this recipe is that I think 6 cups of cherries are even better!
Tim I just want to say that since stumbling across your site I have made the Doughnut Muffins and I posted photos of them on my Facebook and I think I have given your site address to about 15 people! I Love Your site!
I read this post yesterday, and it broke my heart because I have been searching for sour cherries for 3 weeks. However, today I hit the mother lode of late season morello cherries that they weren’t even supposed to get today! Question – how did you pit them so well? What is the best way to pit my 6 quarts and $26 worth of sour cherries to make 4.8 pies? Should I get a cherry pitter?
I cannot even get sour cherries here in CA, not even frozen ones in high end stores. I miss them so much having grown up in Europe where they are the normal pie and cake cherry. I have asked at stores/markets many times, but just get blank looks. I think I need to move north to have any chance of tasting these again.
i have a sour cherry tree in my front yard. gotta say that i love it. If i’m lucky enough to get to it before the robins do i put them to good use and what i can’t use i freeze for our long winters. my recipe for sour cherry pie is very similar, but instead of vanilla extract i use almond extract..
give it a whirl sometime you might like it.
Hi there – I made the orange loaf you posted yesterday and I was trolling the site when I came upon this. I don’t know if you see new comments on old posts but I wanted to let you know that if I had access to sour cherries (in the summer) that I would make this in a heartbeat. I live in Virginia now. I’m originally from Chicago – like you – and I spent a lot of time in Wisconsin. Sour cherry pie is my favorite, not just because I love it, but because it brings back such fun memories. Thanks for all your great posts. (Oh, and I’ liked the orange cake too.)
I made this pie on Thursday for the US vs Germany game, I used sour cherries from my friend’s backyard. I live in Germany and my friends have never taste “pie” before, it was delicious, and one person compared my crust (made using a pastry cutter) to being similar to puff pastry :). it was a delicious pie, eaten with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. i can’t wait to get my hands on the sour cherries again!
In spite of the fact that it is my favourite dessert, this is the first sour cherry pie I have ever made. Fantastic recipe that did those precious farmer’s market cherries justice. Making it myself was such a thrill! Many thanks!