Cherry pie is my favorite pie, hands down. I usually use a can of pie filling, but for the very best cherry pie, fresh cherries are a must. This recipe, like many other fruit pie recipes, can be adapted to other fruits such as strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, or even a mix of fresh berries. I do find it interesting that the pie is a single crust pie, only the top. Usually a fruit pie is a two-crust pie, both the bottom and the top. I think you can read pretty well the recipe for the pastry, or use a premade one (which is what I do).
Fresh Berry Pie (with variations)
7/8 to 1 cup sugar * use smaller or larger amount depending on sweetness of the berries
4 tbsp flour
dash of salt
Sprinkle lightly over: 4 cups ripe, cleaned berries in mixing bowl
Gently spoon into 8 1/2″ baking dish (1 3/4″ deep) or deep 9″ dish
Sprinkle with: 1/2 tsp cinnamon * lemon juice is often used with blueberries 1 1/2 tbsp for 9″ pie
Dot with: 1 tbsp butter
Sprinkle over mixture: 2 tbsp water or juice from berries
Cover with chilled pastry
Form a fluted edge if desired (inside dish if deep dish is used). For a shiny crust, brush lightly with milk just before baking. Bake about 40 minutes using a hot oven (450º) for first 10 minutes, reducing heat to moderate oven (350º) to finish baking. Serve while slightly warm. (Cut in wedge shaped pieces and then serve with a spoon)
Fresh Cherry Pie
Make same as Fresh Berry Pie except use pitted sour cherries in place of berries; use about 1 1/2 cups sugar for the 9″ pie; leave out the cinnamon and add a drop of almond extract.
Fresh Peach (or Apricot) Pie
Make same as Fresh Berry Pie except use sliced peaches (or apricots) in place of berries. Use the smaller amount of sugar.