There is nothing better than the fresh sweet cherries available at this time of year. I remember trying fresh cherries as a child on holiday in France, in the days when they would never have been seen in supermarkets here! They are generally a more expensive option but I can’t help but add a punnet or two to my shopping basket.
I also grabbed the Tesco free magazine on my way out and after spotting the cherries on the front cover I had a read with a quick cuppa and it inspired me to try out a few recipes. These are all very simple and easy to put together – just the way I need recipes at the minute, quick and tasty!
Roasted Cherries with Chocolate dipping sauce (this one is from the magazine)
400g (13oz) cherries
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp kirsch (optional)
1 tsp groundnut oil
For the sauce
100g (3 1/2oz) dark chocolate
50ml (2fl oz) double cream
1 tbsp golden syrup
2 tsp kirsch (optional)
Roasting cherries enhances the natural sweetness and big flavour of the fruit. Paired with a decadent chocolate dipping sauce, this speedy dessert is the perfect way to finish off an alfresco dinner party.
Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Put the cherries on a baking tray and drizzle with the honey, kirsch (if using) and the oil. Toss to coat, then roast for around 5-10 minutes, until the cherries are tender.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate, cream, syrup and kirsch (if using) in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Pour into a serving bowl and serve with the roasted cherries for dipping.
These were totally yummy, only improved by the fact that Chris didn’t like them so all the more for me! I didn’t use any kirsch on this occasion as I didn’t have any in the house, but maybe next time!
Two other suggestions in the magazine where to make a cherry compote and also adding fresh cherries to a salad, I love adding fruit to a salad so knew this would be a winner!
Pancetta, goat’s cheese & cherry salad
I just threw this together as I would any salad using items from the fridge and it was both fresh and tasty. This is what I used:
Mixed greens (bag of rocket, watercress & spinach)
Walnuts (chopped & roasted)
The pancetta was fried off in a small pan and I then added the slices of cooked chicken to warm through. It was then plated up and scoffed!
Approx 12 cherries (stoned & halved)
1 ½ tsp sugar
4 tbsp water
I bunged this all into a pan and stirred until the sugar dissolved and the cherries started to break down. I’m a bit ad-lib at times when it comes to throwing things together but this worked out nicely and made about 3 portions to add to muesli and yogurt. Yummy!
Please share any of your favourite cherry recipes and let me know if you give these a try!