Tart Cherry Recipes
Ideally to get the most nutrition from your tart cherry recipes, cook with fresh cherries. If you want the cherries to last longer keep the stems on until you are ready to use. If fresh cherries are not in season then you can use canned or dried cherries. Whatever you decide, fresh, dried or canned, you can enjoy the taste of cherries any time of the year.
Things to know before you start baking with tart cherries:
Some well-known cherries you can use are Montmorency, Morella, and Evans.
One quart of cherries equals three cups of pitted cherries.
Adjust sugar amount according to tartness of cherries and your taste.
If you don't have access to fresh cherries, use canned or dried cherries. Most canned cherries are sweetened in a sauce already. Check your label.
Base Thickening for Cherry Pie and Other Tart Cherry Recipes
1/2 to 1 cup of sugar (sweeten according to your taste)
3-4 Tb of cornstarch
1 cup cherry juice
4 cups pitted cherries
Mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Put this mixture in a saucepan gradually adding cherry juice to make a paste and while heating. As you heat the mixture it will begin to thicken. Add the rest of the cherry juice. Once thickened add your beautiful red cherries! You now have a tasty cherry pie filling that can be used in many different recipes.
Here are two great tart cherry recipes that everybody loves:
1.Make the Base Thickening Cherry Pie Filling above or canned cherry pie filling.
2.Make 2 crusts, top and bottom. Crust – 2 ¼ cups flour, ¾ cup shortening, 1 tsp. salt, ¼ to 1/3 cup of ice water. Sift dry ingredients together. Work shortening into mixture until crumbly. Add ice water gradually until mixture holds together and can be pressed into a ball. Make two balls.
3.First dough ball should be rolled out into a crust and placed into the bottom of a greased 9" or 8" pie plate.
4.Fill the pie plate now with the cherry pie filling.
5.Roll out the second dough ball into a crust and place over the filling mixture.
6.Press edges all around the pie together. Poke a few air holes into the top crust with a fork to let the crust breath.
7.Brush with a little egg white wash (1 egg and little water or milk) onto the top of the crust.
8.Bake at 425 degrees until golden brown and filling is bubbling. Let cool before cutting.
Cherry Upside-Down Cake
This is an easy tart cherry recipe if you are in a real hurry. Take the cherry filling base recipe above or a can of cherry pie filling and fill the bottom of a 13"x 9" pan. Grease or spray the pan with an oil before putting the filling mixture into the pan.
Now mix your favorite Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker yellow cake mix. Follow the directions for making the cake batter. Pour the cake batter over the cherry filling mixture. Set oven temperature to the required setting on the cake box for baking. Let the mixture bake until cake is golden brown and firm to touch. Once the cake has cooled, cut and dollop with cool whip. Delicious!