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May 31, 2009 09:34 AM

Recipe for fresh cherries needed

I bought a huge bag of cherries (grown in the US) and they have NO flavour. Besides feeding them to the birds any creative recipes please?

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  1. Clafoutis is the obvious one. A bit of a pain pitting all those cherries, but delicious.

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    1. re: greedygirl

      and you can up the flavor quotient with a bit of kirsch.

      1. re: janniecooks

        Kirsch ups the flavor of even fantastic cherries.

        1. re: wally

          oh yeah. but great cherries don't really need the flavor boost.

          1. re: janniecooks

            No, but I had just had some and they were good!

    2. Agrodulce is my go to method for tasteless fruit. Pit the cherries and sweeten them with a little bit (tablespoon)of honey (or brown sugar) and a little (again T or so)balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar, or even lemon juice). Let them macerate a couple hours. I like this peparation with chiffonade of fresh mint.

      They will be good on their own, but would mix well with other fruit components like oranges, pineapple, or mango.

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        1. re: phelana

          Nut cracker style pitter or a hair pin. There is no easy mess-less way to prep cherries.

          1. re: Brandon Nelson

            Pichet Ong has a similar idea for cherries in his book The Sweet Spot. He combines a couple pounds of cherries with a couple tablespoons sugar, a tablespoon balsamic, a vanilla bean or some extract, and some sake. He combines everything and refrigerates 4 - 6 hours. Then garnishes with some toasted pistachios and maybe some soft sweetned cheese.

            1. re: Brandon Nelson

              Brandon, I love the combination of cherries and fresh mint too. Like it with other summer fruit as well. Good call.

              1. re: Old Spice

                Works well with strawberries as well.

            2. My first reaction is clafouti as well, probably because I've been mildly obsessed with them lately.

              My next reaction comes from my greek roots and I think of cherry spoon sweet. Here's a basic recipe: Cherry and fig spoon sweet are my favorites, particularly in yogurt.

              1. This was great with sour cherries so you might want to give it a try?


                1. From Oprah- a goat cheese cheesecake with a cherry topping.