NZ Woman's Weekly

American cherry pie

  • Meal Type

  • Total time

    60 minutes
  • Servings

  • Courses

  • Occasion

    Special occasion

Ready in 1 hour, serves 8.

Summer is the perfect time for fresh cherries – however, when making cherry pie, the test kitchen recommends using tinned cherries.

  • 500g (2 sheets pre-rolled) sweet short pastry
  • Egg wash (one egg lightly beaten)
  • Caster sugar for sprinkling


  • 620g tin pitted cherries in juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp corn flour mixed with 4 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp almond essence
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 185ºC on fan bake.

2. Line a lightly greased 18cm-wide pie dish with the sweet pastry.

3. Place the tinned cherries, sugar and cinnamon into a medium-sized pan. Bring to a boil over a medium heat, then stir in the corn  our and water mixture and simmer for 1 minute, or until the juices thicken and become translucent. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the butter and almond essence. Allow the filling to cool down so it is lukewarm.

4. Pour the filling into the pie shell. Cover with the second sheet of pastry, crimp the edges to seal and make cuts in the top to allow steam to escape. Egg wash the top then sprinkle with sugar.

5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for two hours before slicing.

About Annabelle White

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school.

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