Delicious baked treats with cherries are almost a staple food in my diet. Fresh cherries are almost always an exciting treat to see in the store, and they always get the baking brain as soon as I try to think of what I can bake with them. These are just of few of my favorite ways to eat cherries for dessert (or one sweet muffin, at least).
This is a classic summer recipe that has always been a favorite when fresh cherries are on hand. It’s called kettle corn on the cob and as the name implies it’s a delicious baked treat that’s made by boiling dry corn in a pan until it’s soft and mushy. The great thing about this delicious summer treat is that you can use whatever flavor of cherries you like. Cherry red, lemon green, or blue will all do. You can also alternate the colors depending on what season it is.
For a slightly different but equally delicious alternative, you can make cherry muffins. As with the other baked treat recipe, you can alternate the flavors for different times of the year. Here’s how to make cherry muffins:
Baking With Cherries
Combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together one tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of brandy. Stir until the ingredients are completely blended. Into a measuring cup, mix in the dry ingredients and pour into muffin tins; fill each cup to the brim.
Bake the muffins in a preheated oven for about half an hour, or until the bottom is set and muffin tops are cooked and spring back to life. Remove from oven and allow to cool. To finish off your bake, drizzle some confectioner sugar over the cooled cherries and pop into the oven again. Baking with cherries is super easy, yet so delicious.
When you have finished your second batch of sweet treats, remove the baking tins and add your fresh cherries and sugar mixture. Use the remaining tablespoon of brandy and mix thoroughly into your batter. The batter should be thick, rather like heavy cream.
Baking with cherries has never been easier! The brandy mixture coats the outside of your baked dessert and makes it much more rich and flavorful. As you try new recipes, you will find that the fruit itself has a unique flavor that is not found in any other kind of dessert. Add a few drops of your favorite extract to your batter as well, and you will have homemade versions of the best-tasting cupcakes and cookies imaginable. Whether you use the traditional moist cake or a more slender type of treat, the key to perfecting this sweet treat is the brandy you choose.
A Much Ado
Baking with graham crackers, cookies, and other treats takes only five minutes, but you may find that the longer you spend baking, the more delicious your outcome will be. Test the cookies and cakes with graham crackers by putting them on trays in the fridge before you bake them. If they do not crack nicely, you may want to put them in the freezer for a bit so that they are nice and soft to eat. The longer you let your cookies and cakes sit, the longer they will last, so be sure to keep them in the freezer until they are ready to serve.
Another quick-cooking idea for baking with cherries that will not take too long is a fresh cherries-flavored grocery store dessert mix. This mix can be bought in any grocery store and should only cost a few cents per serving. To make the grocery store dessert mix, simply add one cup of sour cream, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, and two cups of freshly grated cherries. Mix all of the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth and spreadable. It will look like you added a layer of chocolate chips to each cup, which is what you will want to do. Store the leftover cherries in a sealed container in your freezer until ready to serve.
One of the most popular types of past desserts is slice-able loaf cakes, and these can easily be made healthier by baking with fresh cherries. A loaf cake is easy to make, especially if you bake it in a crusty sandwich like we usually do in our home. The only difference is that you can use a reduced-fat sour cream and decrease the amount of butter used. You can also substitute vegetable oil for the oil if you prefer, and decrease the sugar. These changes will allow you to create a delicious and healthy loaf cake that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
Baking with sweet cherries in a cherry muffin recipe adds a sweet and tart element to the middle of the day meal. Muffins are also easy to prepare, and you can find many different muffin recipes online. If you like tart cakes, consider slicing into a loaf and using the leftovers to make a tart-flavored muffin. Other great muffin recipes include the blueberry ravioli and apple crisp muffin, as well as the grape seed muffin.