So I have two cans of cherry pie filling . . .
I find the fruit taste in canned cherry pie filling to be weak. I would ramp it up with some almond extract, cherry preserves, and/or cherry liqueur. Then mix into plain yogurt or use it to top ice cream or cheesecake.
Mix it into cherry jello and make that into popsicles.
Mix it with fresh or frozen berries to make a mixed fruit crisp or cobbler.
Yes, make a nice sauce for ice cream or crepes, with almond extract, cherry preserves, cherry brandy or Cointreau.
It makes a decent sauce base for roast duck; sweat some minced shallots, add chicken or duck stock, cherry brandy, orange zest, a little fresh chopped rosemary or thyme and the cherry filling. Simmer until slightly thickened.
Reduce it with some water and vanilla, then serve with crepes drizzled with hazelnut oil or fill blintzes
Tunnel of Cheery Bundt cake- bake a bundt cake, slice the top off cutting horizontally, scoop out a tunnel and fill with filling; replace top of cake and drizzle with a powdered sugar lemon glaze
Canneloni with Feta Cherry and Rosemary
Pork Chops stuffed with Goat Cheese and Cherry
Another cake I make fairly often but I have a specialty cake pan that makes a cake with a hollow in the center. I make a chocolate cake using that form. I put a layer of chocolate genache in and around the hollow. It will seal the cake from the pie filling, trust me.
I put the pie filling in and I pipe a white chocolate mousse around the edges and maybe the center. Sprinkle some chocolate shavings for decadence.
You could use stabilized whip cream instead of the chocolate mousse (stabilized with gelatin) but then the cake would only be great instead of magnificent or maybe the word should be exquisite? :-)
If you don't have a specialty cake pan, you could build up a ring of genache around the edge of the cake to make a hollow. By the way, You need to put the cake in the refrigerator to harden up the genache.
Does anybody have a picture of the pan I am talking about? Please post it.
How about a cherry dump cake? General recipe goes as follows.
CHERRY DUMP CAKE
Dump 2 cans cherry pie filling in a rectangular baking pan (13x9). Sprinkle 1 yellow cake mix (dry) over the cherries. Slice 1 stick butter and place slices over dry cake and cherries. Bake approximately 1 hour at 350 degrees.
I have yet to make this but I tasted this at a dinner party and loved it so the hostess gave me the recipe. Easy and it was sooo yummy.
3 cup All purpose flour
1-1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup veg oil
3 large eggs
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup water
pour in pan.
one can of cherry pie filling on top
bake at 350 for 30+ min
My first thought was pancakes but than I went to the very opposite. BBQ sauce. Sweet Cherry BBQ Sauce. Add some vinegar, dry oregano, paprika, garlic, onion, and puree. If you want it spicy add some jalapeno. Would be great on lamb, pork or chicken, maybe salmon too.
+1 on the bbq sauce, I think itwould marry well with balsamic vinegar, water, onion, ancho chile powder, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce and a little brown sugar....maybe a drop of hickory smoke liquid. Puree the mixture then simmer for about 15 minutes over low heat. It would be good with a lot of things but I'd toss it with a little pulled pork or turkey bbq, grilled shrimp or slather it on some chicken.
You can also use the filling in a trifle, crepes, as a filling or dipping sauce for doughnuts or beignets & mix it into a cake mix.