This week has not one, but two holidays dedicated to the delightful fruit that is the cherry. Monday is Cherry Popsicle Day and Wednesday is Cherry Turnover Day, which means that everyday this week should be a cherry dessert day!
The cherry is one of the oldest cultivated fruits known to man. It was harvested as early as 300 B.C. in western Asia as well as in the warmer climates of eastern Europe. Still to this day the Cherry Blossom Tree is an associated image of Asia for most westerners. As history drew on, much like the migration of many other foods, settlers brought their beloved cherry pits to new lands and began planting them in regions other than Asia and eastern Europe. Now the majority of the world is happy to know the sweet taste of the rich fruit whether it be the natural cherry, or the cherry baked into a desert.
This week we’ve mustered up 10 cherry inspired recipes to share with all of you in celebration of the cherry holidays!
Cherry Amaretto Tart Via FoodBabbles
Dessert is all about complimentary flavors. To say the almond accent in this cherry dominated recipe is fantastic is an understatement. This tart is anything but tart. It is a sweet delight that would be gone in the blink of an eye at any social function.
Cherry Sorbet Via SkinnyTaste
A quick, simple, easy, and delicious recipe to cool down with at the end of the summer. Cherry sorbet is an excellent way to cleanse the pallet and eat a healthier dessert than cherry pie (although we don’t advise against the pie.)
Cherry Rhubard Pie Via Taste of Home
What would a post about cherries be without a cherry pie? Cherry Rhubarb specifically. There is nothing like the comfort of pie to really satisfy a craving. Baked cherries are always sweeter! Something about the heat really pulls out the flavor.
Velvet Cherry Sauce Via Whipperberry
Not so much a dessert, but an accent to a dessert, cherry sauce is the perfect way to take something plain and create something incredible. Warm it up and drizzle it over some vanilla ice cream for flavor-popping action you have never experienced before.
Puffed Cherry Pancake Via Delish
We can’t forget that cherries are actually excellent for the body. They are proven to prevent cancer, gout, arthritis, and stress. The list really goes on and on, but the point is, cherries are healthy! Why not start your day with a little cherry joy. Get in that fruit serving before you are out the door!
Tri-Colore Orzo Via The Food Network
If you can eat them for breakfast, then why not for dinner? This recipe is not centered around the cherries, but they are the perfect accent within the dish. Orzo pasta, arugula, crumbled ricotta, pine nuts, and dried cherries. Sounds like an easy and delicious combination.
Grilled Tilapia with Cherry Salsa Via Martha Stewart
Tilapia is an incredibly delicate fish that seemingly melts in the mouth. Now imagine smothered in a cherry salsa… unfathomable. If Martha says its good, it must be!
Warm Chocolate Cakes with Brandied Cherries Via HuffPost Taste
Judging by this picture, this dessert could get messy in all the best ways. Chocolate and cherries seem to go together better than almost any combination. Enjoy as a midnight snack!
Cherry Almond Vanilla Cupcake Via Lifetime Moms
Yet another recipe that mixes the succulent flavors of cherries and almonds! This recipe is inspired by the show Army Wives and has all the charm of southern cooking. Who doesn’t love a good cupcake?
Champage Cake with Cherry Glaze Via Paper Plates
And last but not least, one the most different cherry recipes we were able to find and share with all of our readers: champagne cake. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser with its fluffy cake bottom and light cherry drizzle on top. It may seem sinful, but it is just too good to pass up!
Which cherry recipe will you choose?