Cherry-Vanilla Cream Pie

Recipe by PJ Hamel

These days, truly delicious sweet cherries — firm, deep red, and unbelievably sweet — are pretty commonly available at certain times of the year. And when that time arrives, we suggest trying this pie, an almond-scented custard studded with cherries, nestled in a buttery crust, and crowned with chantilly cream.

30 mins
55 mins to 1 hr 3 mins
1 hr 25 mins
one 9" pie
Cherry-Vanilla Cream Pie


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  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  2. To prepare the crust: Roll the dough and fit it into a 9" pie pan, crimping the edges. Chill the crust for 15 minutes.

  3. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork or dough docker, and if possible, use a pie chain, pie weights or a nesting pan to line the crust.

  4. Prebake the crust for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove it from the oven, remove the pie weights, and return to the oven for 3 more minutes, until the center of the crust no longer looks wet and is lightly browned. Remove it from the oven, and reduce the oven heat to 400°F.

  5. To make the filling: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour and salt.

  6. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cherries, and whisk them well. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then whisk again to ensure the sugar dissolves.

  7. Pour the filling into the crust, and sprinkle the cherries over the top. Some will sink — don't worry, they're supposed to.

  8. Use a pie crust shield or aluminum foil to shield the top edge of the crust. Bake the pie for 40 minutes, until it's puffed and set in the center. The center should read 160°F when measured with an instant-read thermometer.

  9. Remove from the oven and cool for at least 2 hours before topping with Chantilly Cream.

  10. For the Chantilly cream: Whip the heavy cream with the confectioners' sugar to soft peaks. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spoon over the pie before serving.

  11. Cover and refrigerate any uneaten pie for up to 5 days.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Cherries can vary in size; begin with about 12 ounces (340g). Allow some extra for snacking. Sour or bing cherries will both work in this pie; a combination of the two is quite pretty.
  • Let King Arthur's pastry pros show you how to bake your best pie ever: from flaky crust to perfect filling, we can help! Check out our Pie Baking Guide now.