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5 from 7 votes

Red Tart Cherry Crumble Streusel Pie

Author: Kim Lange

Ingredients

Cherry Pie Filling:

  • 5 cups fresh or frozen sour cherries, pitted if using canned, 3 cans cherries, drained, 14.5 ounces each
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tablespoon almond extract optional

9 inch Pie Crust - deep dish, store-bought, thawed or your favorite Pie crust, prepared, ready to bake

    Crumble Streusel Topping:

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
    • ½ cup oats old-fashioned, optional
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional

    Instructions

    Tart Cherry Filling:

    • Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover.
    • After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, remove from heat.
    • In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together.
    • Pour sugar-cornstarch mixture over cherries and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently.
    • Let cool completely, cover and refrigerate until ready to use,

    Crumble Streusel Topping:

    • Whisk the flour, sugar and salt (oats can be added in, optional) together in a medium bowl or food processor. Add the butter, and rub it into the flour mixture with your fingers until it has been absorbed or pulse in food processor for 2-4 short pulses. Mix in the walnuts.

    Pie Assembly

    • Preheat to 350°F.
    • Place pie crust on lined baking sheet.
    • Add filling to pie crust.
    • Add crumble streusel topping on top of cherry filling.
    • Bake until the topping is lightly browned and the cherry filling is bubbling, 40 - 50 minutes. Let cool for 2 hour before serving.

    Notes

    You could use your favorite cherry pie filling you buy at the store or maybe some you canned instead of making this filling, if that’s more convenient.  But those sour cherries!  (These were frozen ones I thawed and drained, but you can also get the canned red tart cherries like these.
    You could also mix all the ingredients for the sour cherry pie filling, WITHOUT cooking it over the stove.  You can add it directly into the pie crust, BUT if you do, add it a blind baked pie crust, so you don’t get a soggy pie crust.  Here’s how to blind bake if you go that route here.  (It’s basically baking your crust for 15 minutes before actually baking the pie with all the ingredients.)