: 2 heaping cups (enough for a 9-inch pie)
Ditch the can and make your own homemade cherry pie filling. EASY recipe naturally sweetened with honey. So good, you'll be eating it straight from the jar!
whole pitted fresh sweet cherries
— about 2 pounds with pits or 1 1/2 pounds pitted or frozen, thawed pitted cherries
— plus additional to taste (if using tart cherries, you may need to add a bit more)
freshly squeezed lemon juice
pure almond extract
— optional or substitute 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Place cherries into a large saucepan. Add 1/2 cup honey, lemon juice, cornstarch, and almond extract (if using), then stir to coat. Turn on the heat to medium. Cook the filling, stirring often, until glossy and thickened, about 5 - 10 minutes. Very carefully so as not to burn your tongue, taste the mixture. If you desire additional sweetness, add more honey a few teaspoons at a time. Remove pan from the heat and let the filling cool completely. Transfer to a storage jar.
- Store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.
- NOTES ON FREEZING: Because the pie filling is made with honey, it does congeal somewhat when frozen and thawed. I found it worked best to let the frozen filling thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then warm it in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, to smooth it out a little. Done this way, the previously frozen filling was perfect for baking these cherry pie bars. When the bars came out of the oven, the filling was smooth and you couldn't tell it was frozen at all!). If you are going to use the cherry pie filling in a classic cherry pie or as a sauce on top of ice cream, I would not recommend freezing, since in these cases, you'll want the smoothest texture possible.
- Need a great pie crust? Try my low maintenance Whole Wheat Pie Crust.
Easy Dessert Recipe, Easy Homemade Cherry Pie Filling
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (0.25 cup (generous)) — Calories: 128, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 1mg, Carbohydrates: 33g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 27g, Protein: 1g