Cherry Pie Recipe by Hillside Homestead in Suttons Bay

Homemade cherry pie is a classic treat for the Northern Michigan holidays. This easy recipe from Susan Odom’s Hillside Homestead starts with four ingredients and ends with a delicious dessert. Take a peek inside Susan’s 1910 kitchen for taste of this simple Northern Michigan recipe.

Find out more about Susan Odom, and read the full story originally published in the November 2012 edition of Traverse Magazine.


The Buckeye Cook Book, 1904

  • 4 heaping tablespoons of flour
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of sugar
  • 1.5-2 quarts of tart cherries fresh, frozen or canned. Pitted of course. Balaton cherries are my favorite for pie.
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of butter


Line a pie plate with a crust. Sprinkle half the flour and sugar on the bottom. Pour on the cherries. If using canned, drain them well. If using frozen, thaw them in a colander overnight. In both cases save the juice for other purposes and use only the well drained cherries. Sprinkle the remaining flour and sugar on top of the cherries. Dot with the butter. I think the butter helps the pie thicken up nicely. Now roll out your top crust and use a serrated knife to cut 3 slits in the middle of the crust for vent holes. Fold the crust over the rolling pin and carry it to the pie. Put the top crust on. Seal and flute the edges to your liking. The goal is to keep the juice from seeping out the sides, so seal well. Brush a little milk on top of the crust, about a teaspoon or less and sprinkle on some sugar; this will make the crust pretty.  Bake at 350 degrees for an hour or so. It is done when some of the juice starts oozing out of the top vent holes.

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