The Andrus’s Life-Changing Cherry Pie – This cherry pie recipe is so good, we served it at our wedding! Gluten Free (or not!) & Vegan.
True story: I hated cherry pie until I was in college. Why? Two words: canned filling. Turns out that I’d only ever tried pre-made pie fillings. Lame.
Thankfully, my uncle Sam (who is a culinary genius of All The Things) changed my mind about cherry pie. He and my aunt Amy have perfected cherry pie and crust. So much so that I asked them to bake a whole lot of pies for my wedding reception. And they did. And they were magnificent. (Sam and Amy, I still feel awful about the amount of work that took. Sorry forever!)
So now, I’d like to ask you a big favor: don’t ever waste your life on pre-made filling again.
This is our favorite cherry pie, hands down. The combination of dried cherries and canned or frozen cherries makes for a great flavor and texture. Paired with a flaky crust (regular or gluten free), and a scoop of whatever vanilla ice cream you fancy, this makes for an amazing pie. It’s been Michael’s birthday or Father’s Day treat of choice for years, and probably will be for many years more.
Feel free to top it any way you like–a plain top crust, a lattice crust, or you can cut out shapes like we did here and layer them all over the top. Be sure not to skip the turbinado sugar! It makes for the most delicious crunch!Print