This Cherry Crumble Pie is a delicious dessert that combines sweet, tart and buttery flavors. Topped with a crumbly, streusel topping, this pie recipe can be made with canned, frozen or fresh cherries!
Why You Will Love Cherry Crumble Pie
- EASY – Using frozen cherries and store-bought pie crust, this recipe only takes 5 other ingredients and a couple of minutes to throw together!
- CLASSIC RECIPE – This pie is just classic, old school comfort food with simple homemade ingredients. We just love pies like this that have a little nostalgia in every bite!
- DELICIOUS – The sweet, tart cherries work so well with that buttery crumb topping. You’ve got to try this recipe to believe it!
How To Make Cherry Crumble Pie
For step-by-step instructions, check out the printable recipe card below. But here is what you’ll need to get started:
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 TOPPING:
- 1/2 CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
- 1/4 CUP BROWN SUGAR
- 1/4 CUP BUTTER – Cold 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.
Generally 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 are 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.
Do You Need To Use Frozen Cherries For A Cherry Crumble?
If you really want to, you can probably use canned cherries to make your cherry pie filling. You may have some lying around in your cupboard. Go ahead and give them a try. Use a slotted spoon to dish them into the pie crust. You don’t need all of the juices in the can. 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.
Cherry Crumble Leftovers and Storage
This pie can be kept at room temperature on your counter or in your fridge. The shelf life of this pie will probably last a little longer in the refrigerator. 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. Or just wrap some plastic wrap over the top.
Can You Freeze A Cherry Crumble
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.
Other Notes, Tips and FAQs
- USE A BAKING SHEET – 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.
- OPTIONAL ADDED FLAVOR – Stir in 1/2 tsp of almond extract to the pie filling to give it a little flavor boost!
- BETTER WITH ICE CREAM! – Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!
- WHY IS MY CHERRY CRUMBLE BURNING? – 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 Crumb 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!