Fresh Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Fresh homemade cherry pie filling! You can make a bunch of it during the cherry harvesting season or you can choose frozen cherries.

We’ll guide you through this recipe from scratch today. It’s straightforward without artificial colours or flavours. You can keep it in the fridge for months and use it when making your next cherry pie, tart, or to finish a cheesecake. 

cherry pie filling

Why make homemade cherry pie filling?

The benefits of making your own filling, is having full control of the ingredients. Depending on the natural flavour of the cherries, you can adjust the sweetness or tanginess as well as the thickness. You can also add some spices such as cinnamon or star anise and make a batch for special occasions like Christmas.

Pitting cherries

Some people avoid fresh cherries because they don’t like pitting them. A cherry pitter will make this task easier compared to the old fashion way of pitting with a toothpick or paperclip. In this recipe, we simply cut the cherry in half before taking the pit out.

cherry pie filling

Fresh Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

The benefits of making your own filling, is having full control of the ingredients.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Bakery, Condiments, Desserts
Cuisine International
Servings 4 people
Calories 103 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



  • Wash, halve and pit the sour cherries and place the stones into a cheesecloth.
    ingredients for cherry pie filling
  • Place all ingredients, including the stones in cheesecloth, into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook for 10-15 minutes.
    cooking cherry pie filling
  • Remove the cheesecloth and transfer the cherry mixture into a tight jar and turn it upside down to sterilize. Store the jar in a dark and cool area.
    cherry pie filling


  • Almond essence is a traditional ingredient in a cherry filling mix but using the fruit stones instead will also boost flavour.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 43IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cherry, cherry pie filling, fruit, preserve
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