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In-Season Recipe Swap: Cherries

This week's In-Season recipe theme is cherries! Sour cherries, sweet cherries, black, red, or yellow -- such a delicious and versatile fruit! :)

Sweet cherries

My new recipe this week is No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake, a dessert my mom made (and still makes) using cherries from her trees. :) This year, however, I used sweet cherries (the ones pictured above!) from the store. It's easy to adjust the sugar and use either sweet or sour cherries. :)

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

This no-bake cheesecake isn't a true cheesecake according to Joshua (and after all, he does create some fantastic baked cheesecakes!)... but it won't heat up your house, and it's smooth creamy-tartness is alluring. And, you can always call it what my mom calls it -- Cherry Dessert -- to avoid the cheesecake stigma. ;)

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

I'm sure many of you have your own version of this simple cheesecake dessert, but since this website is primarily for sharing family favorites, here it is! :)

Cherry mulberry pie recipe

Another family favorite using cherries: Cherry-Mulberry Pie, one of my top favorite fruit pies! If you live near mulberries and sour cherries, they complement each other wonderfully in this pie!

Now, I'm ready to check out your favorite recipes that feature cherries as a star ingredient! :)

How to participate:

Post your recipe, including your own photo of the food. Recipes must follow the week's theme, obviously. :)

Link to this post, and then come over here and let us know where to find YOU! Just leave your link in a comment and I will manually add them to this post throughout the day. :)

Coming recipe themes: I will figure this out this week and announce the coming themes. Life has been busy. :)

1. Cherry coffee cake (and more!)
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Tammy's picture

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Re-posting lost comments:

Noah wrote:

If you ever find sour cherries (fresh ones) around here for sale, let me know! I've only ever found canned (and those are hard to find too). We like them in swedish pancakes. My husband's grandmother was from Sweden, and they had a sour cherry tree and she would can her own and then serve them with swedish pancakes. I'm dying to find some to do my own as well. We hope to get a tree of our own someday...

Anonymous wrote:

I have a question, not a recipe which I hope is okay. Recently, I had the opportunity to purchase a 40 lb case of frozen dark sweet cherries, believe the box says Bing. We love cherries and I snached it up, but now I'm not sure what to do with them. Is there any way I could make canned cherry pie filling with them? Any other suggestions?

I always hestitate cooking with cherries because of the pits. Do you have a fast way to remove them?

If you need to cut the cherries in half, just halve the cherries and then you can use a knife or a strawberry-top remover to get out the pits.

Or, they do sell cherry pitters... just be sure to do it over the garbage and wear an apron because the juice squirts and stains!

Kristin wrote:

I use a drinking straw to remove cherry pits. Just push the straw into the cherry at the stem end and the pit will pop right out. Works for me!

Abutton wrote:

Oh, I love fresh cherries! We just picked and pitted the sour cherries on our bushes, and the mulberries are ripe. Inspired by your cherry-mulberry pie (which I made last year), my Mom and I are attempting cherry-mulberry jam this afternoon! :)

Worms in sour cherries

I just picked cherries off of our cherry tree for the first time. After washing and pitting them I started boiling them only to see quite a few little worms. Have you had this with your fresh cherries? I picked out the ones I saw and wondered if we should eat the pie filling anyway?
Tania

Tammy's picture

Wormy cherry pie filling

My parents' sour cherries sometimes have worms (but not nearly as many as their sweet cherries tend to get) and we watch as we're pitting the cherries, to try to throw away any wormy ones.

If I had seen "quite a few little worms" in my pie filling, I would have thrown it away!! I am kinda grossed out by worms IN (not ON, which can be picked off) my food and Joshua is extremely squeamish when it comes to creatures in/on food!! :)

My parents stopped growing broccoli because they had this problem... many little worms which were basically impossible to completely remove. My siblings and I dreaded eating my mom's boiled/steamed broccoli because we always found worms in it!! :)

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