Cherry Pie made with Frozen Tart Cherries

I have a scary confession to make: it wasn’t until I made this recipe that I had ever eaten cherry pie. When Ryan, my husband, found out I had never had cherry pie, he gave me the most unbelievable look. The whole cherry pie experiment started when I saw that Rowley’s Red Barn was having a 20% off sale on cherries in February. We went to investigate. Fortunately, we snagged the last of their frozen tart cherries.

My second hurdle after I revived my now stupefied husband was to figure out how to make cherry pie from frozen sour cherries. Because I hadn’t eaten cherry pie, I had never made cherry pie. This was going to be an experiment with high risk, high reward possibilities. Not a novel situation for me given my research background. I spent hours on the internet trying to find a recipe that looked reliable. I landed on Presidential Cherry Pie on King Arthur Flour’s website. On a wing and a prayer, I made the recipe and now tart cherry pie is in contention with apple pie for being my favorite.

Cherry Pie from Frozen Tart Cherries


  • double pie crust
  • 1 bucket (1.5 L) of frozen tart cherries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Cornaby’s Ultra Gel®
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat your oven to 425ºF (since I live at 5,000 feet I add an extra 5ºF).
  • Gently warm up the frozen cherries in a pan or microwave, but don’t cook the cherries yet. You just want them to unthaw. If you let them thaw naturally they’ll turn nasty brown.
  • Drain the cherries, reserving 2/3 cup of liquid.
  • Place the cherries and reserved liquid in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and Ultra Gel®. Then, add to the cherries until everything is evenly combined.
  • Stir in the almond extract and salt.
  • Let to pie dough come to room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a circle, about ¼ inch thick.
  • Transfer the dough to pie dish.
  • Carefully pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie pan.
  • Repeat with the second disk of dough. Cut dough and make a lattice over the filling, or leave the circle intact and cover the filling completely, cutting a few vents with a sharp knife.
  • Fold the edges of the top and bottom crusts together and use your index fingers and thumb to pinch into a pattern. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar, if desired.
  • Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet to catch any spills, and bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool completely (2 hours).

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