June 13th, 2023 Posted In: Recipes
Cherries are a fabulous fruit. Low in calories, full of fibre, packed full of vitamins and minerals and all sorts of other ‘good for you stuff’.
Rich in vitamins A, C and K, they help support hair, skin and nails, are naturally anti-inflammatory, help reduce high blood pressure, and studies have supported their benefits for managing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and reducing the risk of cancer.
Delicious to nibble on, they can also be purchased in drink and tablet form to help manage inflammation by breaking down, for example, the crystals that cause painful joints with arthritis.
Now that cherry season is nearly upon us, here are some delicious cherry recipes.
A firm family favourite, served with cream, custard, ice cream.
You can easily remove the cherry stones with a hand-pitter, but it is fine to leave them in place as they come away from the flesh while cooking and can easily be pushed to the side of the plate/bowl.
Place the cherries in a bowl, together with the lemon and vanilla. Mix together and set aside.
Put the flour and butter into a bowl and rub together with fingertips, or into a mixing bowl of a mixer that can ‘crumb’. Add the salt to the crumb mixture, then the brown sugar, oats and almonds.
Place the steeped cherries into an overproof dish and cover with the topping.
The oven should be pre-heated to gas 4, fan 180, non-fan 200, and in 25-30 minutes, a glorious crumble will be ready.
Use the same steeping ingredients and method. However, unless you really want to make your own pastry, ready-made puff pastry popped on top of cherries, makes a mouth-watering pie. Almonds can be added to the steeped mixture or some dices cooking apple. Really tasty alternatives.
Cherry Ice Cream
This recipe depends upon the use of frozen cherries. Using frozen cherries means that you don’t need to add sugar, as the thawing cherries create their own syrup. Nor do you need an ice cream maker. A stick blender or food mixer is just the ticket!
Mash everything together via, fork, handheld mixer/blender, food mixer until the consistency you like.
Pour into a plastic box and pop in the freezer. Check after a couple of hours for consistency of choice. The longer you leave it in the freezer, the more solid it will become.
You can also:
Use a tin of condensed milk instead of the whipping, or both for an extremely rich and creamy outcome.