Twin Peaks Cherry Pie

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A classic recipe for Cherry Pie, inspired by the cult TV series, Twin Peaks.

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To me, nothing sounds more American than a cherry pie. If you have read the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich, you will no doubt be familiar with (if not envious of) Stephanie’s calorie-infused, sugar-laden diet. This bounty-hunter’s voracious appetite spans from savoury delights like Popeye’s spicy fried chicken and biscuits to an endless array of snacks featuring donuts, waffles, Pop-Tarts and Twinkies. It is through reading books like these and growing up watching American TV shows and movies that I was introduced to the delectable world of American diner desserts, featuring banana cream pie, pumpkin pie and, of course, cherry pie.

So when the opportunity arose in the past few years to travel to the US for extended periods of work, I finally had the occasion to actually seek out these classic American desserts and see if their taste was anything close to what I had imagined them to be.

My first taste of a cherry pie was at a colleague’s home when she brought out a selection of slices of pie for dessert, producing a perfect sampling board for my husband and I. My first bite into the cherry pie revealed that the filling was almost like a jam or compote, though absent of any bits of fruit. I loved the wobbly, ruby red filling and was surprised to find that it wasn’t too sweet. And as our host admitted to having bought dessert that evening, I secretly wondered if perhaps a homemade cherry pie could taste even better, possibly with more of a fruity filling.

Despite being a true American dessert, this cherry pie recipe actually comes from a popular Swedish cook, Leila Lindholm, from her book, One More Slice. Lindholm seems to be as smitten as I am with American diner desserts and her cherry pie recipe takes inspiration from the cult TV series of the early 90s, Twin Peaks, in which one of the show’s characters, Agent Cooper (played by the dashing Kyle MacLachlan), habitually ordered a slice of cherry pie with his coffee whenever he visited the local diner. Now that I have had a taste of a cherry pie, I can see why one can become rather fixated with this classic dessert.

Leila Lindholm’s Twin Peaks Cherry Pie is comprised simply of a cherry compote which has been thickened with cornflour and enhanced with the flavourings of a vanilla bean, and encased in a lovely shortcrust pastry. As the filling is generously made with fresh cherries, it is perhaps best to make this pie when cherries are at the peak of their season and are, therefore, priced more reasonably. I daresay you could make this pie with frozen cherries but it is always best to use fresh if that option is available to you.

The most time-consuming part of this recipe is to stone the cherries. If you have a special cherry or olive pitter, that would come in handy here. Otherwise, you could remove the stones by slicing a cheek off the cherries and try to extract the stones that way. Either way, you will have to handle each and every cherry individually, unless you have a more fancy gadget that can stone a lot of cherries in one go.

Once the task of stoning the cherries is out of the way, the filling is quite easy to make and the vanilla partners wonderfully with the sweetness of the cherries. The only cherry pie I have tried was comprised mostly of a thickened red cherry juice and had very few pieces of fruit throughout. So how chunky you want your pie is up to you – if you like the filling to be more smooth, cook the filling for longer to allow the fruit to break down more. The cornflour is what will ultimately thicken the cherry filling, preventing it from making the pastry go soggy and also giving the filling some body when you cut into the pie.

The pastry itself is super quick and easy to make. What surprised me most was that it did not shrink at all upon baking. Once cooked, it was light, buttery and crumbly – just the type of pastry you want in a pie. I think I will be returning to this pastry recipe again and again in the future. In fact, Lindholm has a whole chapter devoted to American pie desserts in One More Slice that I foresee some more Americana-inspired desserts in the very near future.

The end product was a pretty quick and easy pie which tastes just as it is described, packed full of cherries and little else. The pie is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, but I wouldn’t refuse a slice of cold cherry pie either.

A brief word of warning before you view the recipe photos below … there are quite a few to get through! I got a bit carried away with the camera …

{For a printable recipe, please scroll down}

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Twin Peaks Cherry Pie

Recipe adapted from One More Slice by Leila Lindholm

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  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 150 g (5 oz) butter
  • 200 g (8 1/2 oz) plain flour
  • 30 g (1 1/4 oz) icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

For the cherry filling

  • 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) fresh cherries, pitted
  • 80 g /2 1/3 oz) caster sugar
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 tablesoons cornflour

For the egg wash

  • 1 egg (extra)
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. To make the pastry, place the butter, plain flour and icing sugar into the bowl of a standmixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix until everything looks crumbly or like wet sand.
  2. Alternatively, you can do this in a food processor or by simply rubbing the butter into the flour and sugar with your fingertips.
  3. In a small bowl or cup, gently whisk together the egg and water.
  4. Add the egg mixture slowly to the dry ingredients, and mix until everything just comes together. Do not knead the dough.
  5. Wrap the dough in some cling film and leave this in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the stones from the cherries, ideally using a cherry pitter (it is best to wear an apron while doing this). Alternatively, slice a piece off the cherry and try to extract the stone this way.
  7. Place the cherries, sugar, lemon zest and 1 split vanilla pod into a large saucepan. Cover over medium-high heat for about 5-10 minutes until the cherries start to break down a little. You can mash the cherries with a wooden spoon to help the process.
  8. Whisk together the lemon juice and cornflour and add this to the cherries.
  9. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. You want a fairly thick mixture so that it can hold its shape when you cut the pie later.
  10. Remove the vanilla pod and set the cherry filling aside to cool.
  11. Divide the dough into two balls, one slightly larger than the other.
  12. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F).
  13. Roll out each piece of dough between two sheets of clingfilm, lifting the clingfilm after each roll as necessary. Roll the dough to about 5mm thickness.
  14. Using the larger sheet of pastry, remove one sheet of clingfilm. Carefully place the pastry over the tart tin with the remaining clingfilm side facing up. Gently ease the pastry into the tart tin. Carefully pull off the clingfilm.
  15. Trim off the excess pastry. Wrap the excess pastry in some clingfilm and place in the fridge to use later as decoration for the pie.
  16. Fill the pastry shell with the cherry filling.
  17. Using the smaller sheet of rolled out pastry, remove one layer of clingfilm. Place the pastry on top of the tart tin, with the remaining clingfilm side facing up, to form the lid of the pie.
  18. Remove the remaining clingfilm and trim off the excess pastry by gently pressing the pastry against the edges of the tart tin.
  19. Gently press together the edges of the pastry by using your finger against the inside rim of the tart tin.
  20. Whisk together 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of milk to make an egg wash and brush this mixture over the pie.
  21. Make some shapes from the reserved pastry and place these on top of the pie. Brush over the decoration with some more egg wash.
  22. Sprinkle the pie generously with demerera sugar or granulated white sugar.
  23. Bake the pie for about 35 minutes or until golden.
  24. Serve the pie warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream. The pie is also lovely served at room temperature.

Kitchen Notes

  • The measurements given above are as per the original recipe from Leila Lindholm.
  • For US measurements, or to see the original recipe in full, please visit Leila Lindholm’s website.
  • I used a 22 cm tart tin for this cherry pie. The recipe produced enough pastry for this size tart tin with some leftover.
  • I bought 1.8 kg of cherries to make this pie and, after removing the stones, stems and any dodgy fruit, I was left with a mere 1.1 kg of cherries. I nevertheless proceeded to make the cherry filling as per the recipe which turned out very well, despite having less cherries than required.
  • For my 22 cm tart tin, I needed only half of the cherry filling.
  • I kept the remaining cherry filling in the fridge and made another cherry pie several days later when we had some friends over for dinner. The pie was made a few hours in advance of baking and I kept it, uncovered, in the fridge. When it was time to sit down to the main course, I quickly brushed the pie with the egg wash and sprinkled it with sugar, before popping the pie into the oven and serving it warm at the table for dessert. This time, the only change I made to the recipe was to sprinkle the pie with granulated white sugar instead of demerera sugar, and I found that I preferred the former. The granulated white sugar is perhaps more common on pies and it gave the crust a lovely sweetness against the slightly tart cherry filling.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 481
  • Sugar: 24.6g
  • Sodium: 16.5mg
  • Fat: 24.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 61.4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 91.7mg

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75 Comments

  1. Vy 22 July 2012

    Looks delicious! I hope I can get some cherries in time to make it for my husband!

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      If cherries are in season where you are at the moment, it would be well worth making this pie 🙂 I made it twice in one week – that’s how good it is!

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  2. Caroline 22 July 2012

    Oh my, this is unbelievably gorgeous!! I love cherry pies but have never tried to make one myself…with this great recipe, I think it’s finally time I try one! Thanks for posting!

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      Thanks, Caroline! I was quite surprised by how easy this recipe was. Once the cherries are stoned and the filling is made, the rest was pretty quick. Hope you’ll give it a try whilst cherries are still in season.

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  3. Hannah 22 July 2012

    Oh my goodness what are you doing to me, I’m trying to diet! This looks devine, I will surely try it!

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      LOL!! Well, I think you could argue that this pie is full of goodness, given that it is full of fruit 😉 If you’re a Twin Peaks fan, I think you need to try this recipe!

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  4. Louise Sutton 22 July 2012

    Having been a big fan of Twin Peaks, how could I go past this ? It looks wonderful, I can’t wait to try it. Love your blog Thahn!

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      G’day Louise!! Lovely to hear from you here. I think any fan of Twin Peaks will appreciate a cherry pie and this recipe is a keeper 🙂 Hope you are well, xx

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  5. Dina 23 July 2012

    what a gorgeous pie! i love the crust. it looks like the perfect cherry pie.

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      Thanks, Dina. The pastry here was a dream to make and work with and produced a really lovely crust all over. I will definitely be using this pastry recipe again and again.

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  6. The Patterned Plate 23 July 2012

    Oh. My. God. That’s a damn fine pie if I ever saw one! The pastry looks perfect and the filling is lush!!! I adore all the process photos Thanh, so neat, haha! Stellar post, am clawing at the screen!

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    • The Patterned Plate 23 July 2012

      Think my favourite shot is the one where there the filling has leaked out from between the pastry. Fantastic!

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      • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

        Aww, thanks Carrie! Despite being a quick and simple recipe, I didn’t realise how many different steps this recipe required until I was done photographing. Lo and behold, I had to remove about 5 photos and combine the steps here and there. So after all of the photos that I took, I was quite relieved by how well the pie turned out 🙂 I can’t remember the last time I baked pastry and it didn’t shrink, so I think this particular recipe is perfect because how the pie is shaped once it goes in the oven is how it will look coming out. Plus it tastes really delicious! I’m looking forward to trying more of Leila Lindholm’s recipes.

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  7. Paula 23 July 2012

    Hey!!! That’s funny!!! I have read some Stephanie Plum’s!! What about the hamster and granny?? They’re funny books for summer, so the connection you have made with the pie and the book is very summery to me 😛

    I love cherries, so this pie is one I like a lot. But I have always make it “open”, and I like your covered version. Nice colour with the touch of sugar! 🙂

    Great step by step, and wonderful photos, I love them!!!!!!!!

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      Oh yay, another Stephanie Plum fan!! I agree that the books are great to read over the summer when you need something light and funny. I have a bit of catching up to do, though … I think I am only up to 12 or 13. Have you seen the movie which was released recently for “One for the Money”? I haven’t yet.

      You could certainly make this cherry pie “open” with perhaps strips of pastry over the top in a lattice pattern. I probably should have done that with the second pie for something different!

      And I’m glad to hear that you like my photos, even if there were probably too many in this post 😉

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      • Paula 17 August 2012

        Wow, this summer vacation my boyf went for a few days to the beach, back to my parents home, and we saw One for the money, the film!! I didn’t even know that it was already, so many years waiting for it, until you said it in the comment.
        I made some sandwiches (yea, a meat pie would be more consequent), and this pie to see the film, and we enjoy all! So, thanks for the recipe, and thanks for the mention about the film!! It was funny, you have to see it!! But I thought Ranger would be a little different 😛

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        • eat, little bird 17 August 2012

          Ah you’ve seen the movie?! I showed my husband the trailer and he wasn’t interested in seeing it at all! So I will have to watch it one evening when he is away. I would be curious to see which actor plays which character from the book. Now that you have mentioned Ranger, I will be even more curious!

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          • Paula 18 August 2012

            He’s one of the actors from CSI (I think Miami, but I’m not sure…). He goes well with the role, but with the description of the book about Ranger, I had another idea 😛
            Must confess the actor looks more handsome than the book, for me 😛
            If you make this pie, like I did, to see the film, everybody would see it, I used that game 😛

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            • eat, little bird 18 August 2012

              Now I really want to see the movie! 🙂 Good idea … I will bribe my husband with some food 😉

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  8. Jennifer @ Delicieux 23 July 2012

    Thanh your pie looks absolutely gorgeous and the pastry is so perfect. I love the sound of this pastry too, especially if it doesn’t shrink.

    I haven’t tried cherry pie before, but it’s actually on the list of things to do when we are on our honeymoon in the US in September.

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      Have a fabulous time in the US for your honeymoon! We also had our honeymoon in the US and loved every minute of it. It’s such a fun and diverse country to visit. Having now sampled a long list of American desserts which I could only previously imagine the taste, I feel more comfortable recreating them at home. Strangely, I don’t have too many cookbooks by American chefs, something I should rectify soon! But I love that Leila Lindholm also seems to be quite inspired by American desserts and, given that this recipe worked out so well for me, I can’t wait to try more of her recipes.

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  9. Sam-I-am 23 July 2012

    You just make me want to copy you in the aim of seeming as original in thought and finess as you! LOVE the post and all that is in it! 🙂

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      Thanks, Sam! I thought of you when I was making this pie because I know that you and I both love a particular cake with cherries … something I hope to post shortly 🙂

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  10. Rushi 23 July 2012

    Oooooh yum!!! That looks divine. By the time I got to the end of the post I was drooling 😀

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    • eat, little bird 23 July 2012

      LOL!! I take that as a compliment 😉 Despite having eaten 2 cherry pies last week (shared, of course!), I wish I could have one more slice!

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  11. Julia Levy 23 July 2012

    I’m a Stephanie fan too, all the way up to Explosive 18, read the lot and all the ones in-between too!

    I’m not however a fan of cooked cherries but your pie looks amazing and cuts so well. And such a rich coloured pastry. Everyone says ‘as american as apple pie’ but really it’s the cherry pie isn’t it. My mum bought a fabulous pie dish in the States years ago with pictures of cherries and a recipe in, lovely.

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    • eat, little bird 24 July 2012

      Ooh someone else I can chat to about the Plum books! 🙂 I think I have most of the books in the series but somehow lost momentum a few summers ago. I have a lot of catching up to do! But I like that they are quick and easy reads.

      I wasn’t exactly sure if I was going to like cooked cherries, especially since I absolutely love them in their natural state. So I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about buying so many cherries and “experimenting” with them for this recipe. But one taste of the cherry compote when it was made and I was sold 🙂

      I also came across quite a few cute pie dishes in the US and desperately wanted to buy them, but do you know if the pies still come out crispy when baked in a ceramic pie dish? This was my main hesitation.

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      • Julia Levy 24 July 2012

        Ina Garten does her pies in ceramic dishes so I’d say yes for a crisp bottom. Also my mum’s quiches have crisp bottoms. Can’t hurt to try.

        Last year we had so many cherries of our tree in desperation i made jam, yuck!!! Everyone else loved it but me!

        Jo’s now hooked on SP and is on Seven Up. Did you know One for the money cake out as a movie last year? Kathryn Heigle (of 27 dresses) played Stephanie!

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        • eat, little bird 25 July 2012

          Ah true, my quiches also have fairly crisp bottoms. Bummer – should have bought those pie dishes when I saw them! 😉

          You have a cherry tree?? Lucky you! I would, for sure, try this cherry pie. Though, I would be more tempted just to eat the cherries fresh.

          I haven’t seen the movie yet but it’s on my list!

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  12. Nicola 23 July 2012

    I’m watching Twin Peaks right now! Just discovered it was on the Horror channel so couldn’t resist, I haven’t seen it in years. Cherries are my absolute favourite fruit and I adore cherry pie! My gran used to make it for me but I’ve never made one myself because my husband hates cherries with a passion (boo!) Maybe one day I will find an excuse to make one 🙂 By the way I love One more Slice, it’s a brilliant book! The nutella brownies are delicious 🙂

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    • eat, little bird 24 July 2012

      The Horror channel?! Ooh you are brave! I briefly considered downloading the series the other day to re-watch them and then decided not to … I think I’m still a scaredy cat!

      Those nutella brownies do sound really good … off to look up the recipe now! Thanks for the tip!

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  13. Ira Rodrigues 29 July 2012

    How I wish I could eat this dessert one day…
    Looking at your fresh cherry alike looking at a basket of diamonds 🙂 and if i make a cheery pie like yours it would the same like making a dessert of most precious jewel that because those cherries are pricey in Bali, 100g for 15bucks 🙁

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    • eat, little bird 29 July 2012

      Yikes! That’s incredibly expensive! Cherries are not cheap in Switzerland either, but there is some local supply, as well as from neighbouring France. So during the peak of their season, the price of cherries are not too indulgent. But after so many years of living here, one realises that everything is expensive in Switzerland 😉 I was hesitant to cook with such an expensive ingredient, but the risk paid off as this cherry pie is really, really worth it. Hopefully you will get to try this dessert one day … maybe plan a trip to the US? 😉

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  14. Jo 30 July 2012

    My hubby adores cherry pie – apparently it was the one pud his dad would make & he’d do it from scratch. I must make this – he’d be so thrilled to have a childhood favourite again. Perhaps something to make for our up and coming wedding anniversary :0)

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    • eat, little bird 6 August 2012

      Wow, his dad used to make cherry pie from scratch?! I’m impressed! In some respects, I feel a pie is a wintry dessert but cherries are only in season in summer … I might give this recipe a try with frozen cherries when the weather gets cooler. I’ve already made two this summer which has been quite indulgent, but they are so delicious!

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  15. NYinRome 11 August 2012

    I love it! Think I need to check out this book….thanks for bringing it to my attention. The photos are so perfect, cherries are still available here….hmmmm…if I could only muster up the courage to turn my oven on.
    It’s always a pleasure to read and oggle your blog, 😀

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    • eat, little bird 13 August 2012

      Thank you!! I know what you mean about the heat at the moment. Thankfully, it is usually short-lived where I am so I try to enjoy every moment of it 🙂 Cherries are still abundant here at the moment too and it takes willpower to not eat them just as they are!

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  16. Petra 8 September 2012

    Why not take the pips out when you cooked them a couple of minutes? Might make it easier. I love all Leilas recepies :).

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    • eat, little bird 10 September 2012

      That’s a good idea! Although, fishing out the pips after cooking them a little might be fiddly as well, but it would certainly be a good option if you don’t have a cherry pitter. I have yet to try more of Leila’s recipes but I’m looking forward to it.

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  17. deecochran 25 September 2012

    Your recipes are just beautiful! I love the way you make “pictures” out of them, and most sound just delish! =)

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    • eat, little bird 28 September 2012

      Thank you! I have a lot of fun making these recipe photos so I’m glad that you enjoy them 🙂

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  19. Aoife 18 February 2013

    I’m a novice baker, but I’ve been asked by a family friend to make the birthday cake for her Twin Peaks themed party – this is the clearly perfect recipe! I’ve never made any kind of pie before, and not used cherries in my baking. You’ve been it seem very straightforward and I look forward to trying this recipe out (:

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    • eat, little bird 19 February 2013

      Good luck! This is a really delicious pie which I hope you and everyone else will enjoy.

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      • Aoife 4 April 2013

        I recently rediscovered this site, and wanted to share my experience with this recipe!

        I made this February (and I live in Scotland) so finding fresh cherries proved to be incredibly difficult. I was only able to get half the required amount in fresh cherries, so I used jarred cherries for the other half. They mix of different cherries was delicious – the jarred cherries had been in syrup and gave the filling a deliciously sweet taste, I think if I used this method next time I wouldn’t add as much lemon juice, as it kind of counteracted the sweetness of the soaked cherries and wound up overwhelming the filling a little.

        My crust, sadly, didn’t look half as nice as your does but I liked the finish the sugar gave to it.

        I never actually got to try the finished product, as it was for someone else, but I’ve been told it was delicious. I really, really enjoyed making this and I’ll definitely be using this recipe in the future.

        Thanks for sharing! (:

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        • eat, little bird 12 April 2013

          Thank you for popping back to leave your feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe, although I wish you would have been able to try a slice 🙂 Using different types of cherries in this recipe sounds interesting and I’m glad to hear that it worked. I can’t wait for cherries to be back in season so I can make this pie again!

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  20. Lala 28 March 2013

    I’m baking it on Easter, can’t wait! Looks amazing <3

    btw; Where did you get this amazing font? 🙂

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  23. Telita 10 June 2013

    I’m baking this!

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  24. Gabrielė 21 June 2013

    i’m totaly baking this, but firstly i would like to ask if the cherries are sweet or are they sour in your recipe ?

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    • eat, little bird 21 June 2013

      Hello,
      I used fresh sweet cherries in this recipe. I hope you will enjoy this delicious pie!

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  25. Csilla 23 June 2013

    This recipe looks wonderful! I am so gonna make this today! 🙂 I am also infatuated with American diner and all kinds of desserts, even though I know they are not the super fancy French desserts. Maybe that is exactly the charm of them 🙂 Simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    • eat, little bird 23 June 2013

      This cherry pie is really lovely and, I think, perhaps better than what you can find in most American diners 😉 It’s cherry season at the moment and I’m planning on making this pie again very soon. I can’t wait!

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  26. Kristine Hansen 3 July 2013

    Hi “eat, little bird”, I was wondering, is it possible to make half a portion, was a bit short when it came to the cherries?:)

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    • eat, little bird 4 July 2013

      Yes, I think you could. For my size pie tin, I ended up with double the amount of cherry filling that I needed. I hope you will enjoy this recipe!

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  28. Sally 23 August 2013

    I’ve just moved from London to Kent, ‘the garden of England’ where this year the cherry trees have been laiden for weeks. I’ve been buying an old fashioned variety Braeburn blacks, which are deep red and luscious. My son found your blog and made this one very hot evening; the pastry looking unpromising by the time he got it in the oven! But it emerged picture perfect! No soggy bottom. Crisp and totally delicious and the pastry didn’t shrink. We eeked it out between 3 of us over 3!! Meals. Goodness knows how. Thank you. Lovely blog and photos.
    I’m about to try a savoury dish from you but a bit stuck for choice!

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    • eat, little bird 24 August 2013

      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I’m so happy to hear that your son’s cherry pie turned out deliciously. I don’t know if cherries are usually so abundant at this time of the year, but I still see them sold at the farmers’ markets each week here. I bought a batch of cherries the other week which were a bit past their prime so I turned them into this cherry pie and was reminded of how much I love this simple recipe. Enjoy browsing the recipes here 🙂

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  29. Faye 21 January 2014

    Hi eat, little bird,
    Just wondering if I could you frozen cherries, fresh ones are not in season and very expensive here in the UK. I thought as long as you drain them as they thawed it would be ok?
    Thankyou
    Faye

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    • eat, little bird 21 January 2014

      Hi Faye,
      I think frozen cherries would work fine in this recipe. You could probably cook them from frozen, although they might just take a bit more time to cook. If there is more liquid than you would have with normal cherries, I would just add more cornflour (mixed with lemon juice) to thicken the mixture sufficiently. I hope you will enjoy this recipe!

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  31. Yulya 11 August 2014

    Cherry pie feels very American. )

    (more thn apple pie)

    Amazing Photos and description!

    Huge THANK YOU from fan of TP and Stephanie Plum ))

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  32. Rebecca 7 October 2014

    This recipe looks great! Thanks for the step-by-step photos, it’s always so helpful to have that. A word on removing pits from cherries if you don’t have a tool for it, a bobby pin works pretty well. My parents have been doing it that way for years.

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    • Eat, Little Bird 12 October 2014

      Who knew the humble bobby pin could be so versatile! Thanks for the tip 🙂

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  33. Pinklady 12 March 2015

    Hello I love how the recipe has really easy to read instructions with photos! Me and my boyfriend are nearly through the second series of twin Peaks and I am totally fascinated by the cherry pie and coffee. I tried your recipe out yesterday and seriously better than I ever imagined the pie to be. I did have trouble with the pastry, think my pie tin is a tad too big but the crust was super thin and yummy and the cherry filling was imense I did use frozen cherries and couldn’t get hold of any decent fresh ones. Just a big thank you for the recipe this one is a keeper 🙂 x

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    • Eat, Little Bird 19 March 2015

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe 🙂 And I’m glad to hear from another Twin Peaks fan! I can’t wait for cherries to be in season again soon so I can make this pie again. Unfortunately, frozen cherries are not available where I live, otherwise I would make this pie all year round!

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  34. Karl 29 March 2015

    That looks amazing and every bit as good as the one Leila makes! Well done!:D
    This particular non-shrinking pastry is what every swedish chef (Except maybe the Muppet one lol) use, and it is a really well put together pastry. The no-shrinking bit is particulary appriciated by me, since it makes pie-baking sooo much easier!

    Thanks for a beautiful and very pedagogical post! I can´t wait until my cherries are ripe so I can do this!
    Cheers (Or should I say cherries?)
    Karl from Sweden.

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    • Eat, Little Bird 2 April 2015

      Thanks, Karl!

      I love this pastry and use it quite often. I can’t wait for cherries to come into season soon so I can make this pie again. It’s a pie which tastes great both warm and cold.

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  35. Pete 21 December 2016

    hi thanh, great website and a really interesting recipe

    i myself do not use plain sugar or gluten any more so i had to adapt several recipes to come up with the right one for me and my friends and family ;0)
    it would normally be:
    225 g guten free flour (normally based on buckwheat or a mix of buckwheat and rice flour) + teaspoon of xanthin gum to tighten the dow, 110 g baking fat / butter to grate; this is almost perfect for a 9″ tin 1″ deep with three cans of cherries – 3×213 g drained weight. gets a little adventurous if i use fresh ones.
    one beaten egg to bind
    i use almost exactly the same filling as yours except the sugar, if i do not think it is sweet enough, sometimes i add a little honey and keep tasting. the lemon with corn flour does make it taste a little like sour cherries, which some people actually really like.
    i guess we live in a world of super sweet deserts and some people cannot have them because of their conditions, some just had enough of sweetness.

    i find the filling most flavoursome if i slowly cook it and then leave it to cool with vanilla gods and cinnamon sticks still in and then refrigerate over night.

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    • Eat, Little Bird 21 December 2016

      Hi Pete,
      Thanks for sharing your recipe! I have a few friends who have a gluten-intolerance, so I will keep your recipe in mind the next time I am baking for them. And I like your idea of adding cinnamon sticks to the filling. Once cherries are back in season, I’ll try some of your tips 🙂 Unfortunately, I have not seen frozen or canned cherries where I live. Although I did see today imported cherries from Australia, but that would have cost a small fortune!

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  38. Jacqueline 12 August 2017

    This looks amazing. I have tried it, but the pastry has come out too wet, with a whole egg and water added to it. I’ve put it in the fridge but am not sure whether to use it or to make another lot. Also, I found that the cherry filling wasn’t very cherry-tasting (the main taste was cornflour), probably because of the cherries I had to get, but adding a little amaretto to the filling helped give it a cherry edge.

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    • Eat, Little Bird 16 August 2017

      Sorry to hear that the pastry turned out soggy. This could be due to many things, like the type of flour you used, the temperature in your room, etc., as these things tend to affect the absorption rate in the flour. And maybe your egg was also a large one? Generally, if the pastry turns out too wet, I add more flour until I get the right consistency. I like your idea of adding amaretto to the cherry filling! I actually have a large bottle of cherry liqueur which I think would be perfect here. Thanks for the idea!

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