Topped with a combination of oats, brown sugar and cinnamon, this Cherry Crumb Pie is a delicious treat on a warm summer evening!
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Before we get to this delicious cherry crumb pie recipe, a little background….As I’ve noted in the past, Laura and I are foodie travelers. When it comes to vacations, we pick a spot that we’d like to visit…and then we let our taste buds take over.
Sometimes we pull up the Yelp app on our phones to see what’s in the area. As long as the ratings are high with a lot of reviews, we’re rarely disappointed. Sometimes we just wander the side streets and read menus until we find something interesting.
This has been a bit more hit-or-miss. We’ve found some real hidden gems, but we’ve also regretted a few choices. And then sometimes you just stumble across a giant sign that says “Pies – 300 feet.”
I took this photo down in Brooklyn when we were heading to a famous butcher shop. (This was the commercial production facility for the butcher shop in a warehouse district…not the pretty market location.) There was very little foot traffic in this part of town, so you can imagine my thoughts when I looked up and saw this sign.
Pies – 300 feet. I’d like to point out the fact that the sign is handwritten – er, hand painted. I’d also like to point out the ‘dead end’ sign in the background. What do you think? Run the other way? Or head off and get some pie?
Upon further inspection, I believe this sign was pointing to a well-respected bakery that makes excellent key lime pies. But I dunno. Something about that sign just sets off alerts in my mind. Like I half expect the pie to be served by Freddy Krueger.
Speaking of pie, I was in the frozen fruit section of the grocery store the other day, and I noticed a huge bag of sour cherries. I immediately knew that a cherry pie was in my future. Heck, the cherries were already pitted…that’s one of my biggest pet peeves about making homemade cherry pies. The cherry pitter stayed in the drawer for this recipe!
Crumb Topping for Cherry Pie
Instead of going with a traditional double-crusted pie, I whipped up a crumble topping using
- brown sugar
You’ll mix the crumb topping ingredients (all but the butter) together and then cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry cutter! This crumb topping for cherry pie with oats is the most delicious crumb topping ever!
As they bake, the oats on top of this Cherry Crumb Pie get deliciously crispy and flavorful. Of course, the brown sugar and cinnamon help in the flavor department, too!
Tips for Cherry Crumb Pie:
- You can make your own homemade pie crust OR use store-bought.
- After you thaw your frozen cherries, be sure to drain off any excess liquid. (Note: You could use cherry pie filling in this recipe, but I *highly* recommend making this homemade filling instead. It will taste much better than the canned stuff!)
- If your cherry pie begins to brown too much while baking, then loosely cover it with aluminum foil.
- You can skip the pie crust base if you would prefer, you’ll just have more of a crumble/crisp instead!
This Cherry Crumb Pie couldn’t be an easier dessert to make. The hardest part is waiting a couple of hours for the cherry filling to set. If you dig in too soon, you’ll be scooping the filling out with a spoon rather than a pie server. Been there, done that.
I mean a bowl of cherry crumble pie isn’t the worst thing in the world, but the slices do look nicer, right? Either way, the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top is a must! Happy baking!
Can you Freeze Cherry Crumb Pie?
You can! That’s assuming you have any left to freeze. But yes, you can! Allow to cool completely, place in a freezer bag, seal and freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw and reheat to enjoy!
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Cherry Crumb Pie
For the Crumb Topping
For the Crumb Topping
- Using a medium bowl, add oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and vanilla; stir until well combined.
- Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the oat mixture until butter is the size of peas. Set oat topping aside.
For the Pie
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Using a medium bowl, add sugar, brown sugar and cornstarch; stir until well combined.
- Add cherries, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir until well combined. Set cherry filling aside.
- On a well-floured surface, roll pie crust into a 12” circle. Carefully press dough into a 9” pie pan. Fold excess pie dough over and use two fingers to crimp edges.
- Spread cherry filling into prepared pan (see note). Sprinkle oat topping evenly over cherry filling.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until crust and oat topping are golden brown.
- Let pie cool for at least 2-3 hours so filling can set.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.