Cherries Galore

June 26, 2017

The other night, a lovely farmer brought about five pounds of fresh, tart cherries to my house. It was time to get creative in the kitchen. Here is what we made - try it at home!

 

Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins

adapted from Minimalist Baker

 

 

It's summer and it is hot, so when these were in the oven and I was sweating, I questioned,

"are these worth it?"

 

The answer is yes, yes they are. 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached all purpose

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • pinch salt

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or sub honey*)

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or sub canola/grapeseed)

  • 3/4 cup almond milk

  • 1 tsp almond extract

  • 1 heaping cup fresh cherries, pitted and lightly chopped

  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate, divided

 

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.

  3. Measure out almond milk in a liquid measuring cup, then add melted coconut oil and almond extract and stir. If coconut oil clots up, simply microwave the liquid ingredients for 20-30 seconds until melted again.

  4. Add wet to dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Fold in cherries and 3/4 of the dark chocolate until just combined.

  5. Spoon into 9 greased or paper-lined muffin tins and top with remaining chocolate. They will be full; just the way I like them.

  6. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let rest in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

  7. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh - transfer to freezer after a couple days.

 

*Notes

If using honey in place of brown sugar, it will inevitably make the batter thinner. Compensate with less almond milk and/or more flour of your choice.

 

I added a bit more almond milk than the recommendation to thin the batter.

 

For original recipe click here

 

Cherry-Chocolate Sorbet

There is a theme here.

 

 

Super simple!

 

Ingredients

  • a few cups of pitted cherries

  • water (to desired consistency)

  • honey (to desired sweetness)

  • dark chocolate chips

 

Process

  1. Pit cherries 

  2. Combine pitted cherries, water, and honey in blender

  3. Blend until smooth and somewhat liquidy

  4. Pour into bread pans

  5. Place dark chocolate chips into mixture

  6. Cover with aluminum foil

  7. Freeze overnight

  8. Eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

 

Cherry Smoothies

 

This is so refreshing first thing in the morning. The cherries we used were extra tart so the honey balanced the flavor.

 

 

Ingredients

  • a cup of frozen, pitted cherries

  • one banana

  • almond milk and/or water (to desired consistency)

  • honey (to desired sweetness)

 

Process

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender

  2. Blend

  3. Enjoy

 

If you're missing the chocolate, you can add it in

(e.g. chocolate chips, dark chocolate, cacao powder). 

 

On another note, local honey is such a treat. One of my favorite vendors at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market is Steve with Buckin' Bee Honey. Sweet guy, sweet product.

 

Look at these beautiful creations! 

 

 

 

 

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