November is not cherry season, but you can still serve cherry pie in the fall. The trick is finding a recipe that makes good use of canned or frozen cherries. In this recipe, you mix canned pitted sour cherries with frozen raspberries to make Canned Cherry Berry Pie.
While you won’t get the firm texture of fresh, cherry-season cherries, the canned cherry and frozen raspberry combo has such a great flavor that combined with a good crust, will make most cherry pie lovers happy. Or at least the ones around here. We really enjoy this pie, and I love that the filling is so simple.
Canned cherries are pretty easy to come by, but sometimes finding frozen raspberries is tricky. They're usually available in the freezer section of the grocery store, but I remember one year we had to try 2 or 3 different grocery stores to find them. If you can't find frozen raspberries, there's another version of the pie that's not canned cherry berry pie, but rather frozen cherry and mixed berry pie. So the other pie is similar, but not quite the same. It's also one of my daughter's favorites.
Canned Cherry-Berry Pie
- 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust, double crust (can use Pillsbury)
- 1 can 14 to 16 ounce can pitted tart cherries, drained, liquid reserved
- 12 oz package frozen raspberries, thawed, drained, juice reserved
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar lightly packed
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoon softened regular butter
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a shallow 9-inch pie dish with one of the refrigerated pie dough circles.
- Combine half cup of cherry liquid and half cup of the raspberry juice to make one cup combined. Set the juice and fruit aside.
- Combine sugars and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Whisk in the 1 cup of fruit juice and cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in almond extract, vanilla and soft butter. Stir in drained cherries and raspberries.
- Fill pie shell with cherry-berry mixture. Roll out second portion of dough into a 12 inch circle and cut into 1 inch strips. Arrange in a lattice pattern over cherry filling, weaving strips crosswise over and under lengthwise strips. Trim pastry strips even with edge of bottom crust. Fold bottom pastry over lattice strips and seal. Flute edge.
- Shield edges of pie with foil to prevent excess browning if you feel you need too. I didn’t. Set pie on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove foil strip during final 15 minutes of baking time.
- Let cool completely before serving.