Microwave Cherry Pie Filling and Cherry Pie

Microwave Cherry Pie Filling and Cherry Pie

Love cherries!  I love cherries, hubby loves cherries, two of my three boys love cherries!  If I can make something in less time than normal, I’m all over it … especially if it is made with cherries!  A few minutes can make the difference in sharing a memory in the making as my boys continually amaze me!

This pie is a little on the thin size but full of flavor and delicious!  You will want to double this recipe…trust me.  

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Microwave Cherry Pie Filling
Ingredients

  • 4 to 5 cups cherries, pitted
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional

Cherry Pie
Ingredients

  • microwave cherry pie filling
  • pie crust
  • 1 Tablespoon fine sugar, optional

Directions for Microwave Cherry Pie Filling

In a microwave safe bowl, add lemon juice to the pitted cherries, if you like your pie more on the tart side.  Sprinkle desired amount of sugar.  

Microwave 3 minutes at 1 minute intervals, stirring after each minute.  Mix corn starch and cold water to make a slurry.  Slowly stir into hot cherries.  Microwave another 3 to 3 1/2 minutes…30 seconds at the time, stirring after each 30 seconds have passed.  Stir in almond extract.  Let cool before using in your favorite pie filling recipe.   Enjoy!

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Directions for Cherry Pie

Make a pie crust or prepare pie crust as directed.  Put pie crust in an 8×8 square pan.  Fill with cool Microwave Cherry Pie Filling.  Fold pie crust sides over filling.  Bake in a preheated oven 350 degree F oven 55 to 65 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  Once out of the oven, sprinkle with one Tablespoon fine sugar, if desired.

Note:  My cherries were somewhat sweet, I used 3/4 cup sugar and no lemon juice.