Cherry Recipes

Cherry Recipes
Updated for 2008

Their pretty color and sweet, tantalizing taste make cherries the perfect fruit for Valentine´s Day. In February we also celebrate President´s Day, and again, cherries add their bright red color to patriotic desserts.

Children are told the tale of young George Washington and how he could not lie to his father about chopping down a cherry tree. Although historians say the story is a myth, cherries and George Washington are forever tied together in this legend. Cherries have become a symbol of his birthday and Americans continue to celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 21st and Washington’s Birthday on February 22nd by eating cherry pie.

Although summer is fresh cherry season, canned and frozen cherries, preserved at the peak of goodness, are available year' round for your favorite recipes. Tart cherries are used in a variety of recipes including the traditional cherry pie. Other than those that are locally grown and sold at farmers markets or orchards in late spring, tart cherries are rarely sold fresh. Most are canned and sold as sour cherries, pie cherries, or cherry pie fillings.

Canned and frozen sweet cherries are a tasty ingredients in many recipes. They're also ready to eat and delicious straight from the can or freezer. The most popular canned sweet cherries are reddish purple to deep purple Bing Cherries and golden yellow to rosy pink Royal Anne Cherries.

Dried cherries, a relatively new cherry product, are delicious as snacks, wonderful in salads, and increasingly popular in recipes for everything from appetizers to entrees and desserts. Dried cherries, cherry juice, cherry jam, cherry jelly, and a variety of fresh and frozen cherry pies, cakes and pastries are sold in supermarkets any time of year.

And..... What would an ice cream sundae or a banana split be without the maraschino cherries on top? Maraschino cherries, sometimes called cocktail cherries, are sweet cherries that have been tinted red with food coloring, flavored with almond extract, sweetened with sugar and packed in a sugar syrup.

Fresh, frozen, canned or dried, cherries offer amazing health benefits! They´re a great source of vitamins and minerals for the winter season. According to ongoing research, cherries contain high levels of powerful antioxidants that can reduce the risk of heart attacks and help fight cancer. Cherries also contain anti-inflammatory compounds that help relieve the pain of headaches and arthritis!

Cherry Tips
  • It takes about 4 cups of tart cherries to make one - 9" pie.
  • There's about 2 cups of tart cherries in one 16 ounce can.
  • There's about 2-1/3 cups of cherry pie filling in a 21 oz. can.
  • There's about 3 cups of frozen cherries in a pound.
  • Add cherry pie filling to an angel food cake or a pound cake for a luscious, colorful dessert cake.
  • Use cherry pie filling to quickly transform a cheesecake, brownies or cupcakes into a festive red dessert for Valentine's Day, Christmas, or any Patriotic holiday.

Cherries are fun to eat...they make us feel good. When things turn out better than we hoped they would, or when something exceeds our expectations, those extras are "the cherries on top". When life is good and we´re really happy, "Life is just a bowl of cherries."

Celebrate President's Day with a homemade cherry dessert!

Click on a picture for the recipe.

Lattice Top
Cherry Pie

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Cherry Custard Pie

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Links to Off-Site Cherry Recipes

Cherry Biscotti

Cherry Festival Pecan Sticky Buns

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Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Easy Chocolate Covered Cherries

Cherry Tiramisu

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Cherry Acorn Squash Bake

Cherry-Glazed Baked Chicken

Pork Chops with Cherry Sauce

Tangy Cherry Sorbet

Spinach Salad with Cherries

Cherry S’More Brownies

Cherry Links

Nutrition Analysis and Health Benefits of Cherries

Fresh Cherry Varieties

Recipes from the cherry Marketing Institute

For Your Kitchen....

Cherry Home Companion: A Cherry Cookbook
This cookbook features cherry recipes from the finest restaurants and chefs in Michigan. It has over 130 tested recipes, ranging from a "Simple Cherry Smoothie" to "Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding with Cherries". It's the definitive guide to cooking with cherries.

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