Pie lovers rejoice! This Cherry Crumble Pie has arrived and it’s given the classic American dessert a delicious kick in the pants. Topped with a crumbly, streusel topping, this Cherry Pie combines sweet, tart and buttery flavors. This pie recipe is equally at home at summer cookout or on a holiday dessert table!
Cherry Crumble Pie: The Easy Way
If you’ve been on here before, you know that we take no shame in finding shortcuts and easy ways to make recipes. We believe that comfort food doesn’t just taste delicious, it’s also easy to make!
So we’ve made this Cherry Crumble Pie the easiest way possible. It really helps that we are using frozen cherries and a store bought pie crust. Other than that, there is only 5 other ingredients and probably already have them in your kitchen! And with a couple minutes of prep, you’ll be smelling this pie baking in the oven! Ready to get started? Here is what you’ll need:
For the pie:
- 1 DEEP DISH FROZEN PIE SHELL– If you’d like to make your own homemade pie crust, go for it! More power to you! Here is an easy recipe for one!
- 2 TBSP CORNSTARCH– An important ingredient. This is what enables us to use those easy frozen cherries without them giving up too much moisture!
- 1/4 CUP SUGAR– You’ll combine this with the cornstarch to help macerate the cherries and get that deliciously sweet cherry filling!
- 4 CUPS FROZEN CHERRIES– Again, we want to be clear here: you DO NOT need to thaw these cherries.
- 1 TBSP BUTTER– You can use salted or unsalted here. Whatever you prefer.
For the streusel/crumble topping:
- 1/2 CUP A/P FLOUR
- 1/4 CUP BROWN SUGAR
- 1/4 CUP BUTTER
What Is The Difference Between A Crumble, Cobbler and Crisp?
So what is the difference between a Crumble or a Streusel? What exactly is a Cobbler? Oh wait, how about a crisp? Man, this is getting confusing! You’ve really got to hand it to us Americans, we really like to blur our lines on traditional recipes. So I’ll give this my best shot.
General speaking, a cobbler will have dough on top of it. During baking, it puffs up like a cobblestone, hence the name. A crumble and a crisp and a similar. A crisp is usually made of oats, so that as it bakes, it crisps up.
And a streusel is usually a sweetened topping, with cinnamon, brown sugar and butter.
Today, we are all about The Crumble. This will be a mix of flour, brown sugar and butter (oh my!!!).
Do You Need To Use Frozen Cherries For This Recipe?
If you really want to, you can probably use canned cherries for this recipe. You may have some lying around in your cupboard. Go ahead and give them a try. If you do, you may want to dial back on the corn starch a bit as I don’t think the canned cherries will shed off as much moisture as the frozen cherries.
You can also try your luck with fresh cherries. I’ve seen plenty of recipes using fresh cherries. Just note, you will have to pit them.
Storage and Freezing
This pie can be kept at room temperature on your counter or in your fridge. Use the lid that probably came with your frozen pie crust to help keep it fresh. If you are using a homemade pie crust, we suggest using a pie dish that comes with it’s own lid.
Yes, you can freeze this pie before baking. Just make it as instructed and cover it tightly with Freezer Wrap. Put it in your fridge the night before you want to bake it.
Cherry Crumble Pie: Other Notes, Tips and Variations
- We recommend placing the pie shell (while still in its aluminum pan) on a baking sheet to make it easier to put in and take out of the oven.
- Add some 1/2 tsp of almond extract to the pie filling to give it a little flavor boost!
- Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
- Is the top browning too much or too quickly? Keep an eye on it in the oven, if this starts to happen, cover it with aluminum foil.
- IMPORTANT!- Let this pie fully cool before trying to slice it!
- CRUMBLE STREUSEL TIP- Use COLD butter to combine with the flour and brown sugar. We recommend using a pastry cutter to do this.
We hope you enjoy this easy Cherry Crumble Pie Recipe! Be sure to rate it and/or leave a comment below. We love hearing the feedback!
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Cherry Crumble Pie
For the pie:
- 1 deep dish frozen pie shell thawed
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 cups frozen cherries
- 1 tbsp butter
For the streusel/crumble topping:
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup butter
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar and frozen cherries.
Carefully pour the cherry mixture into the pie shell and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter.
In a small bowl, mix together streusel/crumble ingredients with a fork. Continue to mix until crumbly.
Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the pie.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. After 20 minutes of baking, cover the crust edges with aluminum foil. This will prevent it from overbaking/excessive browning.
Allow to cool before serving. Enjoy!