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    Luby Luby Luby's Note:

    This is called Best Cherry Pie because it is a blue ribbon winner at the county fair in Vicksburg, MS (according to the cookbook "Vintage Vicksburg"). I think it's a blue ribbon winner

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    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
    • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans pitted tart cherries, drained and reserving 1/2 cup juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 pastry for a double-crust 9-inch pie


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. 2
      Drain cherries, reserving 1/2 cup juice.
    3. 3
      Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.
    4. 4
      Combine cherry juice, food coloring, almond extract and lemon juice.
    5. 5
      Add to dry ingredients, mixing well.
    6. 6
      Add cherries and mix well again.
    7. 7
      Add butter and let stand for 15 minutes.
    8. 8
      Pour cherry mixture into pie crust and finish top with lattice work pie crust.
    9. 9
      Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 25, 2009


      I didn't think I could improve on my cherry pie--WRONG! This replaces it in a heartbeat. Turned out beautifully. The only change I made was to give the upper crust an egg white wash, then sprinkle with sugar. Thanks, Luby for another winner.

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    • on November 26, 2010


      Great tasting pie! Do want to warn anyone who tries to make this. I made it EXACTLY as directed and when I went to check on it around 50 mins it was very liquidy! I was freaking out thinking the pie was ruined but it was not! I covered the perimeter crust with foil and baked it for 15 mins longer. The filling was still very loose when I took it out but after it sat and cooled for a bit it firmed up right away. It is a very good cherry pie- more tart than sweet (like you would get from a cherry pie filling out of a can). I will definitely make it again.

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    • on November 28, 2009


      Hi, Luby! Made your pie for Thanksgiving and it was absolutely "delicious". The best Cherry pie I've ever made and the family loved it! The only change I made was to use 3 cans of pitted tart cherries, though I still used 1/2 cup of juice. I skipped the food coloring. I was out of almond extract (which I usually use) so used vanilla. Thanks so much for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Best Cherry Pie

    Serving Size: 1 (189 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 410.5
    Calories from Fat 148
    Total Fat 16.4 g
    Saturated Fat 4.6 g
    Cholesterol 3.8 mg
    Sodium 326.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 63.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 39.1 g
    Protein 3.5 g

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