You know it is summer when fresh cherries are available: fresh and juicy with sweet complex flavours, everyone loves eating cherries on any occasion. But did you know that cherries are also a great ingredient for baking and cooking? There are endless ways to use cherries! Below are a list of recipes and ideas using cherries for you to explore, enjoy and share. Some of the recipes are easy enough to try baking with kids, as well as being delicious and beautiful. Happy Cooking!
1. CHERRIES IN BRANDY
Add cherries to your upcoming festive meal by using brandied cherries. They’re a fantastic accompaniment to turkey and ham and are incredibly easy to make – all that’s required are fresh cherries, good quality brandy, and sugar (plus other flavourings as desired). In addition to serving alongside turkey and ham, they can also be used in desserts, cocktails, and as part of cheese platters.
With cherry season in full swing, now is the time to set aside a few jars to enjoy into the new year!
Here’s a recipe for you to try – let us know what you think: www.womensweeklyfood.com.au/recipes/cherries-in-brandy-6328
2. CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES
Here’s a great and simple dessert idea: chocolate covered cherries. We can just see ourselves enjoying these on a warm summer’s night.
Photo: thefeedfeed.com (27/10/18 IG)
3. CHERRY LIME BARS
We love incorporating cherries into baking and desserts – don’t these lime and cherry bars look delightful? The result is a crisp, buttery shortbread crust, bright and extra limey, creamy filling, and juicy ripe cherries. These are a winner. Let us know if you give them a try:
4. CHERRY TRIFLE
Wouldn’t a cherry trifle packed with flavoursome and crunchy fresh cherries be the ultimate dessert on Christmas day? This particular trifle was created by @angelafleay (https://www.instagram.com/angelafleay/). If you don’t already have a favourite trifle recipe, here’s one that you must try: www.bbc.com/food/recipes/cherry_trifle_23466
5. BALSAMIC ROASTED CHERRY AND GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI
These Balsamic Roasted Cherry and Goat Cheese Crostini look absolutely delicious! Imagine having a summer picnic with these on the menu – yum! www.oliveandmango.com/balsamic-roasted-cherry-and-goat-cheese-crostini/
6. PICKLED CHERRY AND FARRO SALAD
We are so excited for Summer because Summer means Cherries! We love the sound of this Pickled Cherry and Farro Salad, it’s a great idea for a side dish or as a light and summery main meal. https://www.feastingathome.com/pickled-cherry-and-farro-salad/
7. BLACK FOREST CHEESECAKE
This dessert is an interesting combination of a Black Forest cake and a cheesecake, with a lush roast cherries topping. It can be made well in advance, so it’s the entertainer’s friend.
Photo: William Meppem
8. PLANNING A DESSERT TABLE FOR CHRISTMAS?
Here are a few sweet ideas involving cherries created by @angelafleay (https://www.instagram.com/angelafleay/): cherry cheesecake, cherry pavlova, cherry trifle, cherry macarons – and don’t forget to add a generous portion of fresh cherries on the side!