Photo: James Carrier
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Top a juicy cherry and blueberry pie with a pastry crust cut into stars and stripes for a festive 4th of July dessert.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl, mix cherries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. In a smaller bowl, mix blueberries with remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Combine sugar and cornstarch; gently stir 1 cup of the mixture into cherries and 1/4 cup into blueberries.

Step 2

Spoon cherry mixture over 3/4 of the pastry in pan, leaving 1 quadrant free. Spoon blueberry mixture into unfilled area. Scatter butter evenly over fruit.

Step 3

Top filling with stars and stripes as directed for flag pastry. Set pie in a foil-lined 13- by 17-inch baking pan.

Step 4

Bake on the bottom rack of a 400° regular or convection oven until fruit is bubbling in the center and pastry is well browned, about 1 hour. If pastry edges brown too quickly (check after 40 minutes), cover loosely with foil.

Step 5

Let pie cool on a rack at least 3 hours; let stand at room temperature up to 8 hours. Cut into wedges and serve with ice cream, if desired.

Chef's Notes

If using fresh cherries, buy about 1 3/4 pound; if using frozen, you'll need about 1 1/2 packages, 16 ounces each.

Ratings & Reviews

drturn's Review

May 03, 2014
My favorite cherry pie! This is my go to recipe for all my fruit pies! My husband loves cherry pie, so I usually omit the blueberries, but its a good recipe to follow.

TamaraNW's Review

December 01, 2008
I agree the filling does not thicken up very well... especially if you're using frozen fruit. I tried the following, and it fixes the problem well: I measure the cornstarch a little shy of the full 1/4 cup. Mix it into fruit as directed. Then, measure a tablespoon of instant tapioca, sprinkle about a quarter of it into the blueberries, the rest into the cherries, gently stir. The instant tapioca will thinken things up well. Need a "star" cutter? Check your child's Play-Doh set... mine had a perfect one! For our family, it wouldn't be 4th-of-July without this pie.