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Old 07-13-2014, 11:51 PM   #1
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ISO Tart Cherry Recipes

Five years ago I planted a dwarf tart cherry tree in the yard. Although it's called a "dwarf", in actuality it's maybe 15 feet high. For the last couple years, we've ended up with a few quarts of fruit, while the birds got the lion's share. This year I got a little smarter and invested in fruit tree netting.

Now I have more cherries than I know what to do with. Oodles more. In the past I've made pies, but one can only eat so many pies. We haven't picked them yet, so I don't have an exact quantity. But my guess is that there is enough there to fill about 2 or 3 one-gallon buckets.

So I'm looking for other ideas. I was thinking maybe cherry preserves. Or desserts (other than pies).

Any thoughts from the DC folks?

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Old 07-14-2014, 12:02 AM   #2
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Cobbler, jelly/jam, wine, cordials, ice cream, fresh cherry salsa, cherry sauces, yogurt topping, cakes, muffins, etc.

I'm thinking of planting a small cherry tree. Can you guess why?
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:09 AM   #3
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Dry some of the cherries, they make a wonderful snack.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:34 AM   #4
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I have a baby pie cherry tree and last year we made this with our teenytiny harvest. Also made it with strawberries and huckleberries. So easy. Fruit and chocolate...mmmmm.

Chocolate Raspberry Clafouti
http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate...lafouti-358694
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:38 AM   #5
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Dehydrate them (pit them first). Make cherry vinegar. Or, a cherry cake (obsttorte). I will see if I can find my sauer kirshen obsttorte recipe (I think it is in English...it might be in German). Basically, it is a sponge cake base in a torte pan (a shallow round pan with a removable bottom), topped with sour cherries to which you've added some sugar and lemon zest when cooking them.

Obsttortenboden - Grundrezept | Mamas Rezepte - mit Bild und Kalorienangaben

Tortenboden Rezept | Küchengötter

Mehl = flour
Eier = egg
Zucker = sugar
Milch = milk

TL = teaspoon
EL = tablespoon

Mix the wet ingredients together first, add the dry ingredients. Grease the pan--we always put dried bread crumbs in the bottom as well as flour. Back for 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 and remove from pan. You flip it over and put the fruit on top. Cook the fruit as if you were making pie filling. Serve with whipped cream. My absolute favorite obsttorte is with sour cherries.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:35 AM   #6
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Five years ago I planted a dwarf tart cherry tree in the yard. Although it's called a "dwarf", in actuality it's maybe 15 feet high.
Just wanted to say, that *is* a dwarf cherry tree When I was a kid, we had a cherry tree in the backyard that was at least as tall as the three-story house. I remember climbing the tree to pick the cherries. Cherry cobbler sounds good to me
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:38 AM   #7
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Your Christmas gift giving is solved, make some Tipsy Cherries!

You can make them with brandy, rum, bourbon, etc...

This is just one of the many recipes you find floating around on the internet.

Bourbon Cherries Recipe | Eating Well
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #8
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We're not big fans of cranberries, so I made a cherry sauce for Thanksgiving last year. We loved it.
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Invite people over for a fun cherry party!

Have cherries (on stalks) in several bowls next to several bowls of deluxe, melted sweet chocolate (plain, milk and white). Dip cherries in this and enjoy! It is wonderful!

I guess the consistency of the chocolate may be all important, i.e. too loose and it will drip a lot - too thick and it will be hard to dip into and set quicker. You could have the bowls sitting in other bowls of hot water (to keep the chocolate hot and liquidy).
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:43 AM   #10
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Yes, cherry preserve is awesome.
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