I guess by now you have realized I think about food, shall we say…Often. For that reason I am sure it will come as no surprise that I LOVE making and gifting food gifts for the holidays! Things like homemade liquors, cookies, jams (including a Bacon Jam…Yum) and this easy to make Bourbon Cherry Pie Filling.
It makes me happy!
Now, I will say that once or maybe twice…especially in the beginning of this holiday tradition, I may have gone a lit-tle crazy with pulling off my vision…picture me covered in flour at 2 am, sweaty brow hair & kitchen a complete disaster and I had to go to work the next day. Yup. True story!
This deliciously easy Bourbon Cherry Pie Filling makes a perfect food gift! It’s simple, pretty and delicious.
Tips for making Homemade Cherry Pie Filling.
- A cherry pitter is the best way to pit cherries easily. The OXO Pitter is the one I use (I actually have two, so a helper can assist to make things go quicker. It’s, affordable and it has a splash guard.
- Halve you cherries for a better eating experience.
- Taste your cherries, if they are super-sweet cut back on the sugar. Really sour, add a little extra sugar.
- Follow the instructions on how to add in the cornstarch, it makes a difference and avoids lumps and clumps.
- Keeps in the refrigerator
You could use it for pie filling, to top a cheesecake, over ice cream or yogurt, as a topping for English muffins or enjoy it straight off the spoon (my favorite). Use in in a crumble, in crepes in hand pies or in a cake. Whatever you would use that canned pie filling for from the baking aisle of your grocer – you can use this for & more!
If you want to omit the Bourbon, that’s fine too – of course that is how I make it for my kiddos. Speaking of the kids, this is SO simple it can be made 100% by them. My kids have always enjoyed taking control of making a few homemade eats to gift at the holidays.
And when it comes to food gifts, I love coming up with easy yet memorable foods and drinks to gift for every occasion.
Some of my favorite homemade food gifts to give are:
- Homemade Sriracha Salt – Just 2 ingredients and amazing! Pack it in a cute salt cellar like this.
- Chocolate Moonshine – Pure chocolate boozy decadence!
- Pizzelles -I have an authentic South Philadelphia bakery recipe.
- Bacon Jam – Because ummm, BACON! Put it on all the things 🙂
- Homemade Vanilla Syrup – Coffee lovers will enjoy this!
- Easy Strawberry Lime Jam – Let the kids help! No canning required!
I hope you find one to try!
This recipe was originally posted December of 2014. I updated it with photos and text December, 2020. Nutritional data is calculated using a WordPress plug-in. As a member of Amazon Associates, I may receive a small payment if items I suggest are purchased. Typically a few cents per item.
Easy Bourbon Cherry Pie FIlling
- 4 heaping cups of fresh cherries, pitted and halved
- 1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon or lime
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 TBS cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- Place (pitted & halved) cherries, the water and the bourbon in a pot and over medium heat bring them to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the cherries release their juices.
- Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk cornstarch with your fresh lemon juice and a couple spoonful's of the juice from the pot of cherries. stir until smooth. This creates a slurry of sorts so that when you add it to the pot, you don't have cornstarch lumps.
- Add your sugar mixture into your pot of cherries, stir well simmer for 3-4 minutes or until mixture thickens.
- After a few minutes add in your cornstarch mixture and stir until combined.
- Taste and adjust flavor to your preference.
- Allow mixture to cool then spoon into a large mason jar (or 2) and keep in the fridge until using. Keeps for a week in the fridge.