Sour cherries outside my window. Any good recipe ideas?
I have a sour cherry tree right outside my window where I work and I'd LOVE to pick some and cook something up! Also, I'm a huge fan of mixed drinks, so if anyone knows how to make a sour cherry syrup, that would be awesome. Thanks!
It is not syrup but after picking tons of sour cherries in Northern oregon this year and making pie, jam and IC sauce I had about 20 oz left so I pickled them. Next year I am going to Pickle tons! If you like sour cherries you may like this it is great for when you have a small or large amount as you can refrigerator pickle them I used this recipe from David Lebovitz- plus I added a few cinnamon sticks star anise and allspice berries.Try googling Pickled cherries for more inspiration.
Pickled Sour Cherries
Adapted from a recipe at Chez Loulou
1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar
1/3 cup (180ml) water
4 ounces (115g) sugar
20 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1/2 pound (225g) sour cherries, rinsed, stems clipped in half
1. Bring vinegar, water and sugar to a boil, until sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and add the peppercorns and bay leaves.
3. Prick each cherry with a pin and drop them into the hot liquid.
4. Pour the contents into a clean jar (I pour boiling water into it, or run it through the dishwasher, then let it dry first), cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
It’s best to let the cherries sit at least one week before serving. They’ll keep in the refrigerator for at least one year.
Did you find a syrup recipe? When I make syrups I generally just add fruit and sugar- boil and strain! (then with the leftover strained part mix with plain yogurt an turn into popsicles!)
Cold sour cherry soup is very refreshing and a great light starter to a hot summer night's meal. Very Hungarian, this recipe is from my grandmother, who always served cheese blintzes as the entree following the soup.
Serves 4-6 people
2 lbs. sour cherries, pitted
3/4 cup sugar or to taste
1 T almond extract, Frangelico or almond liquer
1 cup sour cream
Add sugar to cherries in about 6 cups of water, simmer for 10-15 min till cooked, but not falling apart. Taste before you take off heat, adjust sugar if necessary. Strain liquid, let cherries and liquid refrigerate. Just before serving, add almond flavor to liquid, stir in sour cream. Taste again for sweetness. Add cherries to mixture, Refrigerate, serve in bowls, additional sour cream on top is optional.
re: Amy Mintzer
You can find that recipe on epicurious. It's called "Old Fashioned Cherry Vanilla Pie." It was in the July 1997 Gourmet magazine and actually calls for 2 tablespoons of vanilla. I only use one though and it's delicious! Hint hint: it can be elevated to devine by subbing half the cherries with peaches.
Here's a mixed drink recipe for you (and I'm jealous you can do this and I cant btw!): Sour cherry cordial! You take as many cherries as you can, de-seed them, blend them evenly, then add to a container with about a quarter quart of vodka (you can up or decrease the alcohol content, but it should be a quarter of the volume), then add about a cup of sugar. Let sit for 24 hours, then strain to remove any chunks. However, let the pits stay in the bottle, they will enhance the flavor! Then, water down if need be, otherwise serve it up as is! You can also add sparkling water to make spritzers (I never do!)
Oh! I am SO jealous. I have a hard time finding sour cherries in Washington...
Anyway, I love making fruit dumplings with sour cherries:
2 cups fruit
water to cover fruit
sugar to taste
1 - 2 Tbsp cornstarch (mixed with some water)
1 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter (cold)
1/2 c milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Simmer fruit, water, sugar, and cornstarch in medium pan about five minutes.
Meanwhile, sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Add milk and vanilla; stir until just combined. Drop dough by tablespoons into fruit. Cover and steam about 20 minutes.
Here's a good crisp recipe:
* Exported from MasterCook *
Recipe By :McCall's September 1993
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :
Categories : Pies
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 3/4 pounds peaches
2 cups sour cherries -- fresh/pitted or frozen/pitted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter -- in bits
1. Preheat oven to 350~F. Peel and slice peaches 1/4 inch thick. In large bowl, toss fruits and lemon juice. In small bowl, mix sugar, flour and cinnamon; add to fruit. Toss. Pour into 13 x 9" baking dish.
2. Make topping: In bowl, mix dry ingredients. With pastry blender or two knives used scissors-fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Crumble over fruit by pressing crumbs together to form some big and some small clumps.
3. Bake 45 minutes or until bubbly and browned.
Makes 12 servings.
McCall's September 1993
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I love cherry clafoutis. I don't pit the cherries as I find the dish bakes better for some reason. But you need to warn your guests!
2 cups cherries, stems removed
1 cup full fat milk
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
2 tbsp sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream (35%)
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour - I use whole wheat flour but all purpose will do
Pinch of salt
butter, for baking dish
icing sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Butter an 8 by 11-inch oval baking dish or gratin dish. Wash and dry cherries and place fruit on the bottom of the baking dish.
Heat the milk and scraped vanilla bean in a small saucepan almost to a boil.
Remove from heat.
When milk has cooled slightly but is still warm add the sour cream and whipping cream. Stir well.
Whisk together eggs, egg yolk and sugar until well blended.
Whisk in the flour and salt. While whisking gently pour milk mixture over egg mixture. Blend well. It will be liquidy.
Pour egg mixture through a sieve over the fruit and into the baking dish.
Bake clafouti until it’s set and puffy, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Let cool slightly and serve warm.
Dust with icing sugar.
Thank you! Your recipe looks terrific! I'll also admit to being a bad Chowhounder yesterday... I forgot to look up past posts on sour cherries before I posted (sorry!). I've found some terrific threads, so unless people have other new recipes, I'm happily immersed in sour cherry information :)