Getting the Sour Back in Your Cherry Pie

If you’re in one of the many parts of the country where it’s not possible to get fresh or even frozen sour cherries but you crave sour cherry pie, there’s a solution. You can get a lot of real sour cherry flavor into a pie made with sweet cherries by using pure sour cherry juice. Between the juice and the fresh fruit you’ll get a nice balance of chunky and juicy, sweet and tart. Look for jarred Knudsen and Trader Joe’s house brand sour cherry juices.

Bride of the Juggler cooks sour cherry juice with cornstarch and sugar until it’s thick, then pours it over a cookie crumb crust heaped full of pitted cherries and bakes.

Becca Porter makes a conventional cherry pie filling, tossing the fruit with lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt, adding sour cherry juice reduced to syrup consistency.

Board Links: Easy great fruit pies with TJ’s sour cherry juice