Pie Filling from Frozen Sweet Cherries


prep 0:30       total 1:15


2 pies



6 to 6-1/2 cups thawed frozen dark sweet cherries, and juice
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 to 1 cup sugar (I only use 1/2 cup, we don't like our pies too sweet)
4 to 5 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. lemon juice, fresh or


Reserve about 1/2 cup juice and mix the cornstarch in it (4-5 tbsp, depending on how thick you like your filling). Mix sugar with cherries and juices and cook till bubbling. Stir constantly if cooking on stove stop. In the microwave I cook at 5 minute intervals and stir in between. Add the reserved juice/cornstarch mixture and stir to mix. Cook for about 3 minutes until thickened. Cool and use in your favorite pie crust.

Author's Comments

This recipe is from an old cookbook from about 1960. You can add almond extract or Kirsch to the filling if you like almond flavoring. I usually add about a tablespoon of Kirsch. This makes 2- 9" pies. You could half the recipe.

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