Do you ever have a great idea for something and it just totally doesn’t turn out as expected? That’s totally the theme of my blog today. I was working on a cherry pie/cookie/tart thing and it just did not work out as I imagined. Note to self: sugar cookies spread out in the oven…pie crust does not. At any rate, this pie filling turned out delicious. Even without the cookie/pie part.

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling | foodnfocus.com

There are certain things that get me really excited about living in Wisconsin. (No, not the Packers.) Cheese. Brats. Cherries. Cherries are a big deal here in the fall. Well, not HERE here. But Door County. And they are pretty much amazing. So sweet and fresh. They’re hard to resist.

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling | foodnfocus.com

This recipe was a great place to put my OXO Cherry Pitter to good work. Seriously, if you don’t have a cherry pitter you need one. Much like my strawberry huller, this handy little tool makes pitting cherries a snap. I even use it for small jobs like pitting 5 cherries for my yogurt and when I’m just snacking on cherries. Lazy? Not really. I like to think of it as a classier way to eat cherries. Sitting at your desk spitting cherry pits in a trash can just does not seem work-appropriate.

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling | foodnfocus.com

Even if you don’t live in Wisconsin you should still be in the heart of cherry season. Go grab some fresh cherries, make the filling and bake yourself a pie. You’ll definitely make someone happy!

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling
 
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Ingredients
  • 5 to 6 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cherries, water, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. The sauce will begin to thicken.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and add in the almond extract, stirring to combine. Cool slightly before using in a recipe.
  4. Store the cherry filling in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling | foodnfocus.com