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Cherry Slab Pie

Tradition with a twist; sweet cherries surrounded by flaky pie crust, baked in a sheet pan and drizzled with a lemony glaze becomes a tasty Cherry Slab Pie – perfect for any summertime celebration.

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As I drive through the streets in my neighborhood, American flags are proudly swaying in the ever so gentle breeze. Families are preparing to celebrate our great nation by coming together with food, festivities and fun!

Kids will be jumping in pools while parents and friends will be chatting with ease. Hot dogs, hamburgers and the like will be prepared outside on a hot grill as the sun beats down on everyone.

Visions of cherry pie, apple pie and s’mores swirl in the imagination of the cooks. Will they go the traditional route, or will they surprise their guests with a new variation of the favored treat?

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The sound of the hard-working air conditioner will hum in the background as lively music floats through the air. Some will dance, some will swim and all will have a good time.

And every once in a while, one may seek shelter in the cool comfort inside, where sweet treats and freshly prepared side dishes sit happily on the counter tops waiting to be devoured.

The warmth of the day will spill into the evening. Some will attend perfectly timed displays of fireworks where large crowds come together and partake in the celebration, while others will find comfort in making memories of their own by lighting up the night sky with sparkles, loud sounds, and beautiful visions.

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Memories of red-white and blue decorations, clothing, food and parades dance in my mind.

It seems like only yesterday that we painstakingly wrapped our bikes with streamers and took part in the community’s annual parade. There were floats, bikes, dogs, and people walking. There was even a beauty queen wearing a sparkly crown and waiving to the spectators as she sat a top a glimmering convertible car.

This is home. This is family. This is old memories being rekindled and new memories being made. This is life. Share and treasure it.

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  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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by: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Cherry Slab Pie @SweetBakedLife


For the Pie
2 packages Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened
6 cups frozen cherries, thawed and drained
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
zest of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons heavy cream

For the Glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk


Heat your oven to 375 degrees.

After the cherries are thawed and drained, add them to a large bowl along with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Gently stir to combine and set aside.

Open one package of pie crust and unroll the two crusts; placing one on top of the other. Roll them out together on a lightly floured surface to create a rectangle that is slightly larger than your sheet pan. Transfer to a 15×10-inch rimmed baking sheet and gently press down into pan. Then pour the cherry mixture on top of the crust.

Repeat the process for the second package of pie crust. Gently place over the cherries. Pinch the edges of the bottom crust and the top crust together. With a fork, use the tines to crimp the edges, as well prick the top of the crust all over. Brush with heavy cream.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool – about 1 hour.

For the glaze, add the confectioner’s sugar, lemon juice, and milk. Stir until smooth. You may need to add a bit more lemon or milk until you get the consistency you like. With a spoon drizzle the glaze over the top of the pie. Slice into squares and enjoy!

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Now, as this homemade Cherry Slab Pie is eaten with glee, good times will be remembered.

Happy 4th of July! Happy Summer!



{Recipe inspired by Martha Stewart}




Cherry Almond Poke Cake

Here is a delightful recipe for a sweet treat that until recently I had never heard of before called Poke Cake. And it seems to be the rage right now as the Internet and Blogosphere is saturated with variations of this tasty cake popping up everywhere! I have read over and over again that this type of cake was staple for many growing up, having it for parties and such. Interesting, it was never part of my childhood. Maybe because my mom did not use packaged cake or cool whip as well, the only time I remember eating JELL-O was when I was sick. So come to my surprise these are the exact ingredients you use to make this light and delicious cake. I decided what the heck, I might as well join the bandwagon and give it a whirl. I put my own spin on it and came up with this divine Cherry Almond Poke Cake to celebrate the summer and cherries!
Cherry Almond Poke Cake
(inspired from Shugary Sweets)

1 box (18.25 oz ) White Cake Mix, prepared with ingredients
1/2 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract
1 box (3 oz) JELL-O Cherry instant gelatin mix
1 cup water, boiling
1 pint heaving whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds for garnish
Fresh cherries for garnish

In a large bowl mix cake and ingredients according to package using the recipe calling for egg whites only (that will keep the cake white). As well, add the 1/2 teaspoon of Pure Almond Extract to batter. Bake cake in a 13×9-inch baking dish, as directed on box. Cool for about 1 hour, then using a large fork, poke holes into the cake.


In a small bowl, mix gelatin with boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour gelatin slowly over the cake, allowing it to fill the holes in the cake. Let cake cool completely.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form.

Spread the whipped cream on top of the cooled cake, cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, cut into squares and top each piece with a sprinkling of sliced almonds and a fresh red cherry.


This Cherry Almond Poke Cake is definitely a keeper! The best thing about this recipe is not only is it easy to prepare, you can adapt it to flavors to your liking for year-round enjoyment. But for now, enjoy your summer now with a slice of this scrumptious JELL-O cake!