As American as Cherry Pie

Cherry pie is the epitomy of an traditional American dessert.

Have you heard Warrants song “Cherry Pie”?   “Tastes so good, make a grown cry,
Sweet cherry pie, Oh yeah.”  Not that it is referencing cherry pie, but baking cherry pie made me think of this song. 

Sweet and tangy seasonal taste is what’s in store for you with this cherry pie.



American Cherry Pie

  • 2 Refrigerated or homemade pie crust, 9 inches

  • 4 Tbsp. quick cooking tapioca

  • 1/8 tsp. salt

  • 1 c. white sugar

  • 4 c. pitted cherries

  • 1/4  tsp. almond extract

  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place bottom crust in piepan. Set top crust aside, covered.
    2. In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries and extracts. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn out into bottom crust and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, flute edges and cut vents in top. Place pie on a foil lined cookie sheet — in case of drips!
    3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.
    4. Cool the finished pie until ready to eat.

Recipe from

To make the top of the crust shine, brush with milk or egg white and then sprinkle with sugar.

I neglected to copy down the recipe my mom and I used to make this pie, so that’s why I don’t exactly have hers.  We most likely used more almond and vanilla extract that the recipe calls for we always do.  And we used frozen sweet cherries that had been thawed and drained.

And we also snacked on a bowl of frozen cherries.  So good!    My moms buys them in big tins once a year and puts them in smaller tupperwares in her freezer.  And I am lucky because she gives me some to bring home and eat too!  Gotta love all the food mom sends you home with when you go visit!

Have you ever had frozen cherries like this?


About TheSceneFromMe

Wife, Foodie, Traveler, Shopaholic. I am a thirty-something tactfully-opinionated nurse living in the Midwest. I believe shopping counts as cardio, tea cannot be too sweet, anything orange (and sparkly!) can cure a bad mood, and no one can have enough clothes, accessories or shoes. I love to bake, indulge in celebrity gossip, cupcakes, reality tv, photography, travel anywhere new or places that I've already graced, spend time with my family and live life the way I am meant to. I am in love with my iPhone, husband and 2 wrinkly shar-peis. Join me on the journey of my candy coated life. Fasten your seatbelts! This is the scene from ME!
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6 Responses to As American as Cherry Pie

  1. Oh, looks so good!!! And I was already singing that song in my head after seeing the title of the post. LOL

  2. Simply Life says:

    wow, that pie looks perfect!

  3. The says:

    I’m married & in my 30’s as well and still enjoy visiting my mother and having her send me home with all sorts of goodies. It just never gets old! Your Cherry Pie looks delicious! The crust is perfect! Yumm!

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