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Mr. Washington's Cherry Pie


Mr. Washington's Cherry Pie Recipe

In honor of George (of course), the following recipe uses canned, frozen or bottled sour cherries. Canned cherry pie filling is a bright-red, gelatinous substance that bears only faint resemblance to the fruit from which it supposedly springs. Bakers who've used sour cherries know they're well worth the effort. Hopefully your store carries these cherries; they're a tawny red, rather than neon-colored. Many coops carry individually quick frozen sour cherries, which have a beautiful bright red color and unforgettable flavor.

At a glance

9" pie, 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition information


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  1. Divide the dough into two pieces, making one chunk slightly larger. Roll the larger piece of dough into a 13" circle. Transfer the circle to a 9" pie pan.
  2. Drain the cans of cherries, reserving 2/3 cup of water from one of them. Place the cherries and reserved liquid in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the sugar, cinnamon (if using), and tapioca or Pie Filling Enhancer. Stir this into the cherries until everything is evenly combined.
  4. Stir in the almond extract and salt. If you're using tapioca, let the filling sit for 20 minutes before using it to fill the pie shell.
  5. Spoon the filling into the pastry-lined pan, and dot with butter, if desired.
  6. Roll out the second crust and place it on top of the filling. Cut a design (two cherries? a hatchet?) into the top to vent steam, and squeeze/seal the top and bottom crusts together, fluting with your fingers or a fork. You may also choose to make a woven lattice crust.
  7. Place the pie on a parchment-lined (to catch any spills) baking sheet, and bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
  8. Remove the pie from the oven, and cool it on a rack before slicing, so the filling can set.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 262g
  • Servings Per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 520
  • Calories from Fat 210
  • Total Fat 24g
  • Saturated Fat 12g
  • Trans Fat .5g
  • Cholesterol 45mg
  • Sodium 520g
  • Total Carbohydrate 72g
  • Dietary Fiber 4g
  • Sugars 34g
  • Protein 6g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.