Cherry Topping for Cheesecake - Is There a Decent Store-bought Brand Out There?
I have to make 14 cheesecakes for a reception at work. I need an easy, colorful topping that won't break the bank or take too long to arrange, as fresh strawberries would.
My experience with canned cherry topping/pie filling is that the flavor is pretty good, thanks to the inherent tartness of red cherries. But these toppings tend to be short on whole fruit and long on the red gloppy sauce they are packed in.
Is there a brand that is a cut above the rest or another alternative anyone could suggest? Thanks in advance.
I would look for those Amarena Cherries in the blue and white jar - expensive and hard to find (I've seen them only in gourmet shops and World Market) - but fabulously tasty.
This link shows a picture of the jar:
I think they'd work quite well on cheesecake, but only if the cheesecake itself isn't too sweet. The cherries alone are extremely sweet.
Bonne Maman Cherry Compote, if you can find it. Bonne Maman preserves aren't too difficult to find, but the compote comes in a larger jar with a green gingham lid.
An alternative is to get the frozen whole red cherries (I've bought the Dole brand but I'm sure other brands are available) and make a compote by heating them stovetop with sugar.