Cherry Desserts You Need To Try

May 11, 2018 | Recipes

The cherry on top of anyone’s day is having dessert after a meal — and the best ones are sometimes made with it too. It’s not very often that we see cherry treats available at cafés, or restaurants, so the next best thing to satisfy this craving, is learning how to make it at home yourself. Let’s start with something simple.

This cherry chia jam makes for a good tea time snack; it takes less than 20 minutes, and about 3 ingredients to make but about 2 weeks to be ready to eat. We know, it’s a long time to wait to eat jam but good things (or in this case, delicious toast) come to those who wait, right?

What you’ll need:
2 cups of thawed cherries
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of chia seeds

How to make it:
Mix thawed cherries and honey in a saucepan, and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Once it’s mashed, let it simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the heat, and add the chia seeds.

As the jam cools down, it will thicken and once it’s at a temperature where you can taste test it without burning your tongue, you can add more sweetener to satisfy your palate if needed. Finally, pour the jam into an air-tight container and refrigerate it for a couple of weeks.

Now, onto a more intricate recipe; cherry cake. This dessert is perfect for the cake lover who wants to add a little more fruitiness to their cake without it being too healthy.

What you’ll need:
200g of butter (softened)
200g of sugar
1tsp of vanilla essence
2 eggs
250g of self raising flour (sieved)
1tsp of baking powder
2 tbsp of milk
5g of fresh sweet cherries
Jam (for filling)
Icing sugar (for dusting)

How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 180 °C, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl until it becomes a creamy texture. Slowly add the eggs, flour and baking powder to the mix, and stir until it is golden. Then, dice the cherries and gently fold it into the cake batter. Pour the mix into 2 baking tins after it’s been greased by butter, and pop them into the oven for 50 minutes.

Once it’s done, allow it to cool for another 10 minutes. Then, spread jam onto the cakes to help sandwich it perfectly together. And finally, sprinkle as much icing sugar as you need on top, and serve it with a scoop of ice cream if you’d like!

Finally, back to something a little less complicated; a cherry sorbet! It’s the perfect solution for a hot day. It’s sweet, it has fruits so it’s kind of healthy (we’re trying, okay?) and it’s cold, so you can’t go wrong with it. Similar to the first recipe, this too takes less than 4 ingredients to make, and can be ready in a couple of hours.

What you’ll need:
4 cups of fresh sweet cherries
1 cup water
2-4 tablespoons of superfine sugar

How to make it:
Puree cherries, then add water and sugar to the mix and blend it until it becomes smooth. Then, strain the mix (after discarding the solid bits) into a baking pan and freeze it for a couple of hours until it sets into a slushy-like form.

To ensure the sorbet is the ideal texture — almost as smooth as ice cream — be sure to scrape the semi-solid mix with a fork every half hour to crush any lumps/flakes it has, or use a blender or food processor to mix it until it’s of an even consistency.

If you’d like to try these recipes out for yourself, then you’re in luck because cherries are in season this month! Get your fresh batch at your nearest Village Grocer outlet to get started.

Keep it fresh,
Your friendly neighbourhood grocer.

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