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Jun 19, 2009 08:07 AM

Cherry Dessert!

Father's Day is sneaking on up and I wanted to surprise my dad with a homemade dessert after I take him out to dinner. One of his favorite things is cherries, and I just know he would love some sort of dessert that incorporates cherries. So, I am asking you chowhounds to help me out with some great ideas and recipes. I dont mind if it is a cake, cookie, tart, pie, mousse, or anything else, I just want something that is really delicous. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Depends what kind of cherries you've got. For a quick & easy sweet cherry dessert I usually go with clafouti using Julia Child's recipe. If I've got fresh sour cherries (the one week a year they're available at the farmer's market) I'll put in the extra effort and make a cobbler รก la Joy of Cooking.

    Clafouti recipe:
    Cobbler recipe (this one has both cherries and peaches but you can make it cherry-only:

    1. One of my easy pleasy cherry desserts is the turnover. Buy good flaky pastry, fill it with fresh pitted cherries (mixed with some sugar, corn starch, cinnamon and lemon juice) and bake. Serve warm or room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

      1. You can't beat a cherry pie, especially with a lattice crust, still just barely warm from the oven. A universal man favorite in my experience.

        1. A cherry lover really wants fresh cherries, which are available now, so if you bake something and want to be "sweet," have some plain old washed cherries as well. If you want to mix them up, try a yellow sheet cake with cherries on top.

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          1. re: lergnom

            Good idea. One of the most memorable desserts of my lifetime (at the restaurant Tagide in Lisbon) was morello cherries on the stems served in a crystal bowl full of ice and water. They were barely chilled and utterly delicious.