Last weekend we went a little crazy picking cherries and wound up with a whopping ten pounds. The fruit was so gorgeous we probably could have happily nibbled away at them au naturel for breakfast, lunch and dinner until we reached the bottom of this heaping bowl. Instead we decided to do our own cherry challenge and see how many different ways we could enjoy them. Here are just a few that we came up with…
- PB&J-inspired crostini. Almond butter, diced cherries and a drizzle of honey.
- Pavlova with cherries, nectarines and vanilla whipped cream. Here’s the pavlova recipe I used from “The Joy of Baking” website. Takes a little while in the oven, but it’s super easy when you’re in the mood for a fun, light dessert.
- Cherry and olallieberry cobbler with buttermilk dumplings from the wonderful 101 Cookbooks. These dumplings are not at all heavy or dry, my usual complaint. Heed Heidi’s advice to make the dumpling layer thin so it has a chance to cook through before it gets too brown on top.
- Plain old cherries right off the tree. Definitely the best way to enjoy them.
- Challah French Toast with fresh cherries and cherry puree. My college roommate Dani insists challah is the only bread for French Toast. I’m a believer. We got ours at House of Bagels on Geary. I just ran some pitted cherries through my food mill. No syrup required!
- Cherries with yogurt and homemade granola. Granola recipe coming soon, we are addicted!