Just off Independence Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri between Fuller Avenue and 9th Street was the Homestead of George and Bernice Harrell. Their modest two-story house was complete with a cherry orchard and chicken coop. The neighborhood kids loved eating the cherries right off their trees hardly leaving any cherries for Grandma Harrell to make her cherry pies.
Grandma had an idea… she made a promise with the neighborhood children that if they would leave the cherries alone, she would host a cherry pie picnic.
Success! Grandma had so many cherries that she was able to make about 25 cherry pies for the picnic. Mary, Matt’s Mom, remembers pitting all those cherries.
This Cherry Pie recipe is the one that Grandma Harrell used for all those pies. Modern pie makers don’t have to pit those cherries thank God! You can actually buy them already pitted in the can!
What you’ll need:
2 round pie crusts (see Mom’s recipe on pg 30)
5 cups fresh cherries pitted
1 cup sugar
¼ cup cornstarch or flour
½ tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
How Mom makes it:
Heat oven to 425º
Combine in a large bowl sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cherries. Toss ingredients well. Let stand while preparing the pie pastries. In a pastry lined pie plate spoon in cherry filling evenly. Dot the top with butter and then put on the top pie crust. Brush top crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown.