Decadent Cherry Cream Pie with Rich Ganache Frosting
As a lover of sweet treats, I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Cherry Cream Pie. There is something so special about the combination of juicy cherry pie filling and creamy vanilla in a homemade crust topped off with sweetened cream cheese. This dessert is sure to be a crowd-pleaser – whether it’s for a family gathering, potluck, or even just a weeknight indulgence.
One bite of this decadent cherry cream pie will transport you to simpler times when old fashioned pies were the dessert du jour at any dinner table. But don’t let its classic charm fool you; this pie has some modern twists that will have you coming back for seconds. The addition of tangy sour cream in the filling balances out the sweetness from the condensed milk and granulated sugar, while a touch of lemon juice brightens up the flavors.
Perhaps the best part about this recipe is how easy it is to make. With simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter, and sour cream (among others), you can whip up a delicious treat in no time. Plus, substitutions are quick and easy if you want to switch things up – try different flavors of pie filling or mix in some chocolate chips for a fun twist.
Get ready to impress your friends and family with this mouth-watering Cherry Cream Pie recipe. So preheat your oven, dust off your apron, and let’s get baking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a sweet and delicious dessert to impress your guests? Look no further than this cherry cream pie! This pie is sure to satisfy your cravings for something sweet, without being too heavy or indulgent.
One of the things that makes this recipe so special is the perfect balance between creamy and fruity flavors. The cream cheese filling is light, fluffy and creamy, while the cherry pie filling adds a burst of tartness that complements the sweetness of the cream perfectly.
Moreover, this dish requires only a handful of ingredients, most of which you may already have in your pantry. With just one 9-inch pie, you can quickly whip up a dessert that everyone will enjoy. Additionally, with its rich and vibrant red color when topped with cherries, this dessert makes for a gorgeous centerpiece on any table.
So whether you are looking for an impressive showstopper dessert to impress your friends at a dinner party or just want to treat yourself on a weekday night, this delicious cherry cream pie is for you. Indulge in the perfect combination of flavors and experience the delight it brings with every creamy bite.
Get Ready to Create the Best Cherry Cream Pie You’ve Ever Tasted!
Here’s everything you need to make a heavenly Cherry Cream Pie recipe that’s sure to blow your mind. Before starting, make sure to have these ingredients on hand or make a quick trip to the grocery store:
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Homemade crust or pre-made crust (9 inches)
Pro tip: To save time and achieve the best results, it’s crucial to use high-quality ingredients. I recommend using King Arthur flour, Cheesecake Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk.
The Recipe How-To
Now comes the fun part – making this cherry cream pie from scratch! Here’s a detailed guide for baking your own homemade cherry cream pie.
Before diving into the recipe, let’s make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. For the crust, you will need:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
- 2 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
- 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 can of cherry pie filling
Step 1: Make the Crust
First, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C).
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the chilled butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add in the ice water and stir until a dough forms.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie dish and trim any excess dough from around the edges. Use a fork to prick holes in the bottom of the crust.
Step 2: Bake the Crust
Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes or until it is lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
Step 3: Prepare Cherry Cream Filling
In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese until it is light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Lastly add in the cherry pie filling and fold together until uniform like texture.
Step 4: Add Cherry Cream Filling to Crust
Pour your cherry cream mixture onto your prepared crust.
Step 5: Chill it!
Chill your cherry cream pie for at least two hours before serving so that it sets completely.
If you’d like to give your cherry cream pie an even more scrumptious twist:
- You can add some whipped cream or chocolate shavings on top after chilling.
- For a crunchier crust, use Graham crackers instead of all-purpose flour for base.
- If you want a thicker layer of crust we recommend doubling up on ingredients mentioned for crust above.
Now that you know how to make this simple but elegant dessert recipe in under an hour, give it a try yourself and watch as your friends and family gobble slice after slice!
Substitutions and Variations
As a chef, I always encourage home cooks to be creative in the kitchen and feel free to experiment with substitutions and variations on their favorite recipes. When it comes to this cherry cream pie recipe, there are a few ways to mix things up if you’re feeling adventurous.
One easy substitution that allows for different flavor profiles is switching out the cherry pie filling for another fruit filling, like blueberry or peach. This can also change the color and presentation of the pie, making it look and taste completely different.
For those looking for a lighter version of the pie, consider swapping out some of the ingredients for healthier alternatives. You could substitute low-fat cream cheese or milk for the condensed milk, reduce or eliminate sugar (use honey or maple syrup), or use a gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose flour.
If you’re seeking more texture and crunch, try adding some chopped nuts, like almonds or walnuts, to the pie crust. Or add a layer of crispy chocolate to give it an extra punch of flavor.
Finally, you can also serve this dessert in single-serve portions by baking the mixture in ramekins instead of one large pie dish. This would make it easy to add any toppings you desire (like vanilla ice cream) without having to slice and plate individual servings.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to adapting this cherry cream pie recipe – feel free let your imagination run wild in the kitchen!
Serving and Pairing
Once your cherry cream pie has set in the fridge, it’s time to cut and serve. Using a sharp knife, slice through the creamy layers of the cheesecake-like filling and juicy cherry pie topping, taking care to clean the blade between cuts for a clean presentation.
This cherry cream pie recipe is best served chilled, making it perfect for warm summer days or as a refreshing dessert after a heavy meal. For an extra indulgent treat, top each slice with sweetened whipped cream and a sprinkle of shaved chocolate or toasted almonds.
As for pairing, this cherry cream pie is delicious on its own but also pairs well with a cup of coffee or tea. The richness of the cream cheese and sweetness of the cherry filling make it suitable for after-dinner desserts or as part of a larger dessert spread.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing the cherry cream pie with a glass of red wine. A fruity Pinot Noir or bold Cabernet Sauvignon can complement the flavor notes in the pie filling and add depth to your dining experience.
Whether you’re enjoying this cherry cream pie solo or breaking out your fanciest wine glasses, there’s no wrong way to indulge in this delectable dessert.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
I recommend that you make this cherry cream pie ahead of time to allow the flavors to meld together perfectly. Once baked, let it cool down completely before placing it in an airtight container and cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
If you want to make this pie even further in advance, you can also freeze it whole for up to 2-3 months. Wrap the cooled pie tightly in plastic wrap and then in foil before placing it in the freezer. When ready to serve, let it thaw completely overnight in the fridge.
When reheating the pie, I suggest using an oven or toaster oven rather than a microwave to prevent making it soggy. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for about 15 minutes until heated through. Another option is to serve it cold straight out of the fridge.
Pro tip: If you are making this recipe for a party or special event, consider making two pies in advance as they will be gone before you know it!
Tips for Perfect Results
As an experienced chef, I understand that making a perfect cherry cream pie can be challenging. However, with the right tips and techniques, it is possible to create a perfectly fluffy and juicy pie that will leave your guests wanting more. Here are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results every time.
Firstly, to ensure that your cream cheese is fluffy, make sure you soften it first. You can do this by leaving it on the counter for an hour or two before making the pie or using the microwave for a few seconds. When the cream cheese is softened, it will be easier to mix and incorporate with the other ingredients.
Secondly, when beating the cream cheese, add powdered sugar gradually to avoid clumps in your mixture. This way, your cheese pie will be smooth and creamy without any lumps of sugar.
Thirdly, use a high-quality cherry pie filling to make your cherry cream pie more flavorful. You can use canned cherries or homemade ones if you want. I recommend brushing the cherries with lemon juice to enhance their flavor.
Fourthly, make sure you bake the crust to perfection. If you’re using a homemade crust recipe, carefully follow its instructions until you get it perfectly golden-brown. Make sure that the bottom of your crust is fully baked by using weights or forks so that it doesn’t become soggy after you add the cherry cream filling.
Fifthly, for a richer flavor in your cherry cream filling, use vanilla extract as well as almond extract. Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of dairy products while almond extract complements that of cherries deliciously.
Lastly, serve your cherry cream pie slightly chilled for the best experience. Keep it in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving so that it sets well and turns out less runny.
By following these simple yet effective tips, you’ll have a delicious dessert everyone will love!
So there you have it, folks! My scrumptious recipe for Cherry Cream Pie that’s sure to set your taste buds on a wild ride. This dessert is not only easy to make, but also incredibly creamy and addictive. Trust me when I say that this cherry cream pie is unlike anything you’ve tasted before!
Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or just want to indulge in some sweet goodness solo, this pie will never disappoint. So go ahead and take the leap – try my recipe and see what all the fuss is about. I promise you won’t regret it!
In conclusion, there’s nothing better than the taste of juicy cherry cream nestled in a homemade crust topped with layers of sweetened cream cheese. It’s an old-fashioned pie with a modern twist that checks all the boxes. So what are you waiting for? Get cracking in your kitchen with these simple ingredients, and make yourself one heck of a dessert that everybody would love to have!
Cherry Cream Pie Recipe
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
- 1 (9 ounce) pie crusts
- Cream first three ingredients together. Blend until smooth.
- Add 1 cup whipped cream.
- Pour into pie shell.
- Pour can of cherry filling over the top and refrigerate until ready to serve. About an hour.
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by Chef Chloe
Chloe is passionate about creating unique dishes that draw on the flavors of her favorite cultures. She loves experimenting with new ingredients and pushing the boundaries of traditional recipes. Her enthusiasm for cooking is infectious, and she is always eager to share her creations with friends and family.