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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Indescribably Delicious Cherry Pie with Sour Cream

Oh boy, this scrumptious pie was a big hit at my son's recent birthday!  He loves cherry desserts, and I opted for this incredibly delicious, yet easy pie. 

I used frozen pitted dark, sweet whole cherries, rather than the tart cherries as recommended in the original recipe.  I did not adjust the sugar for the sweet cherries, and the pie was terrific.  So either sweet or tart cherries should work with the same amount of sugar as specified in the original recipe.  It should also be very good with other fruits, such as strawberries or blueberries...oh, I'll be experimenting with other fruits in this recipe!

It's supposed to be refrigerated before it's cut; but I didn't, since I wanted to photo before the birthday get-together.  However, it does slice better refrigerated.

This pie has an almost cake-like person described the flavor as similar to a cheesecake.  It's tempting to say it has a custard-like topping, but this recipe has too much flour for that.  Anyway you describe it, it's fantastic!

I included a link with great directions for cutting foil to cover the edges of the pie to prevent over-browning.  At one time I used a pie that made any more, or what is your preferred method?

I know you and yours will love this pie as much as we did!
                                     The Topping Is Kind of Cake Like....
                                           Maybe Like Cheesecake?

As adapted from Taste of Home's Sour Cream Cherry Pie

Approx. 8 servings

  • 3 c. (2/ea. 12 oz. pkgs....or 24 oz. total) pitted frozen dark, sweet whole cherries, thawed, drained & patted dry (original recipe called for frozen tart cherries, if you would prefer those)
  • 1 unbaked 9" pastry shell (I used a ready-made refrigerated pie crust and followed the manufacturer's directions for preparing)
  • 1 TB butter
  • 1 3/4 c. granulated white sugar
  • 1 c. pre-sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large room-temperature eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c. (8 oz.) sour cream (I used reduced fat)
  • 1 TB fresh lemon juice (not quite 1/2 medium lemon)
  • 2 TB turbinado sugar (Sugar In The Raw)

                                      I've Never Had A Pie with....
                                      This Kind of Topping Before!

  1. Cut some foil to cover the edges of the pie crust.  Instructables offers a great method for preparing the foil...just scroll down past the pot pie for the foil directions.
  2. Place the pie crust in a 9" pie plate.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  4. Arrange the cherries evenly in the pie shell and dot with butter.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated white sugar with the flour and salt.  Stir in the eggs, sour cream and lemon juice.  Spread this mixture over the cherries.
  6. Sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake at 400º for 10 minutes.  Remove the pie from the oven and reduce the heat to 350º.  Carefully cover the edges of the crust with the prepared foil.  Bake approximately 30-35 additional minutes, or until set, or a knife inserted into the center comes out almost clean.  (Check after 15-20 minutes, and if the pie is browning too early, cover the top loosely with additional foil.)
  8. Cool for 1 hr. on a wire rack, then refrigerate for 3-4 hrs. before cutting.  Keep leftovers in the refrigerator.

                                          However You Describe It...
                                   "This Is Good....Really Good !"

Serve with a premium vanilla bean ice cream, and enjoy this indescribably good pie!

Printable Recipe


  1. Wow, I love that topping--and I also love that beautiful pie tin! Happy birthday to your son, I am sure he loved that pie.

    1. Thanks Angela! I borrowed this pie plate from my daughter; not only because it makes a great presentation, but because I didn't have to flute the edges...the plate does it for you! I told her I want one as a gift exactly like it! I'll pass the birthday wishes on to my son...he (and all) did love the pie indeed!

  2. Sour cream and cherries, now there's a combo that anyone would love! I bet there wasn't any left after the b'day party and that's why I didn't get a piece! And then we have mom's cooking to add to the mix! Where's the birthday boy's pic? I'm sure he had a great one and will have many more to come!
    P.S. I want a pie plate like that one too.............

  3. Oh, they cut through that pie really well Regina! LOL! Thanks for the compliment and birthday wishes for my son. I know, I love that plate too! Come see me, and I'll make a whole one just for you and Kenny!

  4. I couldn't help thinking of the Warrant song 'Cherry Pie' when I saw this gorgeous pie, and now not only am I drooling at 3 am, but I can't get the song out of my head! A happy belated birthday to your son! Lucky guy getting this pie!

    1. I confess I either couldn't remember the song, or I've never heard it...watched a video briefly just to familiarize's rock and not rock 'n roll...which probably explains why I couldn't remember it! Lol! Thanks for the good birthday wishes for my son...he did like that pie!

    2. P.S. You were up at 3? I think a lot of us bloggers have that in common...hope you got to sleep in!

    3. H ha, yes, cheesy hair metal, but it was fun as a kid. As for being up at 3 am, just insomnia, insomnia I used to take advantage of by baking. Hopefully soon again. Okay, the sour cream topping to this pie is killing me again. I have to try it SOON!

    4. Lisa, my main problem with staying up late is my biological clock...blogging just seems to encourage this problem ! Insomnia is epidemic...I suffer from that occasionally also. I think sleep is what we crave most, outside of food!! lol!!

  5. It looks fantastic!!
    This is definitely a pie for me :)

  6. Love the cherry with the cherry with sour cream theme! I'm also in love with your pie pan! Wherever did you get it?

    1. Hi Julie! This was a fabulous'll enjoy it! I borrowed the pie plate from my daughter. I love it too...not only is it pretty, it makes it's own fluted crust! I told her I want one exactly like it, as a gift. I don't think she remembered exactly where she found it...if she does, I'll let you know. Thanks for visiting...good to see you!

  7. Yummy I love cherry desserts and this pie looks delicious :D

  8. This looks absolutely delicious and I adore your daughter's pie dish. I must keep my eye out for unique cooking dishes like this fabulous plate.
    Best wishes,