Cherry Cooking Tips and HintsWhen using cherries in baked goods, you might notice a blue discoloration around the cherries in the finished product. This is due to a chemical reaction between the cherries and alkalines such as baking powder or baking soda. To prevent discoloration, substitute buttermilk or sour cream for milk in the recipe or add an acidic liquid such as lemon juice.
Pure almond extract is a natural companion to cherries. Less than 1/4 teaspoon added to cherry mixtures really brightens the cherry flavor.
When using dried cherries in recipes, you can plump them up just as you would raisins, by covering them with hot water and letting stand about thirty minutes.
Complimentary Cherry FoodsBlack pepper goes amazingly well with cherries, especially when paired with pork, beef, or game meats. Dairy products also bring out the mild tart flavors of cherries, particularly sweet cream, ricotta cheese, and mascarpone. As for herbs, choose sage, chives, and verbena.
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• Cherry History
• Cherry Lore and Legend
• Cherry Recipes
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