Wholesome Cherry Pie

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When cherries are cheap you just have to make cherry pie. Surround the cherries in a whole wheat pie crust for a wholesome dessert.

Yields: Makes 1 9-inch pie


For the Filling

1 cup water

1/2 - 1 cup sweetener

3 T cornstarch or tapioca flour

5-6 cups of pitted cherries

1/4 tsp almond extract

1/8 tsp salt, optional

For the Pie Crust

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 T sweetener (agave, brown rice syrup, barley malt)

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup cold water


Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

For the Filling

Mix the cornstarch or tapioca flour with the water in a large pot until the starch dissolves. Add the cherries and sweetener. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring regularly. Remove from the heat. Add the almond extract and optional salt. Set aside.

For the Pie Crust

Blend the dry ingredients thoroughly by hand or with a dough attachment in a food processor or mixer. Add the oil and blend until there are pea-sized balls. Add the water, a little at a time, until it forms into a dough. Knead a few times and form into a flattish ball.

Optional: Place the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour and then let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before rolling out.

Break the dough in half. Sprinkle a little flour on a counter top. Use a rolling pin to gently roll the dough into a round shape about 2-3 inches larger than the pie pan. It should be about 1/4 inch thick. If it sticks, use a spatula to gently loosen it from the counter top. Roll the dough over the rolling pin, pick it up and place in the pie pan. Form the dough to the sides of the pan and trim the excess from the edges.

Roll out the other ball of dough.

Pour the cherry filling into the pie pan.

Roll the top crust on to the rolling pin and unroll it over the top of the cherry filling. Crimp the edges together with your fingers or a fork.

Place the pie in the pre-heated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the crust is lightly brown. Remove and cool on a rack. Serve with a scoop of non-dairy frozen dessert or soy whipped cream.

Additional Tips

Click here for more details on how to make a Whole Wheat Pie Crust.

Left-over dough can be re-rolled into small tarts or turnovers. Fill with your favorite sugar-free jam and bake for about 15-20 minutes along with the pie.

Recipe by
Lester Karplus