11 Luscious Desserts to Make With Fresh Summer Cherries
Fresh cherries have a relatively short season, and when they're gone, all you're left with are sweet memories of gobbling them by the handful (and fingers stained with cherry juice). So, to help you make the most of them while they're around, here are 11 of our very best fresh cherry desserts.
Fresh Cherry Cobbler
If you can't find the fresh sour cherries called for in this recipe, use sweet cherries instead, but cut back on the amount of sugar. Says cookinblair, "Super easy and everyone raved about it. I did use 3 cups sweet cherries instead of sour so I only used ¼ cup sugar on the fruit."
Cherry Pie with Almond Crumb Topping
"I usually do not like cherry pie, but my kids wanted me to make one with the cherries they picked. I not only liked, but LOVED this cherry pie. I did not change anything in the recipe." —leslieh
Baked Fresh Cherry Pie
This top-rated cherry pie has a pastry lid instead of a crumb topping. Fabricgal says, "The absolutely BEST cherry pie I have ever made. We have our own cherry tree. I pit them using an opened paper clip which is very easy using larger end of the clip. Seed pulls out easily and do not lose as much juice."
Fresh Cherry Crisp
Not all of us have easy access to freshly picked cherries. But here's the good news: You can use frozen cherries and they'll still taste great. "Very yummy and easy sour cherry crisp," says homestead mom of 7. "I made two batches both with frozen sour cherries. Both turned out wonderful! Make sure to let the crisp sit once it comes out of the oven so that it can set up."
Cherry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
"This is like velvet in your mouth with bursts of cherry sinfulness. So good you might not even regret it later." —Tracy Richardson Rudin
Sour Cherry Sorbet
"Rarely do I ever see sour cherries in Florida, however, sweet are in abundance in the area right now. I used sweet cherries, reduced the sugar by about ¼ cup and used my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker to process the fruit mixture. The finished texture was classic sorbet, it firmed up perfectly." — lutzflcat
Chef John's Cherry Clafouti
As Chef John says, "Clafouti is one of the world's great recipes for enjoying fresh cherries." Pronounced cla (as in clap)-foo-TEE, the authentic preparation of this recipe leaves the pits in the cherries to enhance the fragrance and flavor of the dish. If you go that route, be sure to warn your guests so they don't chomp down on a cherry pit. Watch Chef John show you how to make cherry clafouti.
Fresh Cherry Shortcake
"I must say that the shortcake was very different from any that I've ever had, primarily due to the addition of the cinnamon and cardamon, but particularly the cardamom, a spice I like. The lemon zest gives a nice tang to the cherries." —lutzflcat
Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream
"This recipe makes classic vanilla ice cream with a slight undertone of almond, dotted throughout with fresh cherry pieces." —FutureChefShay
Fresh Cherry Cake
The combination seems simple — fresh cherries and homemade white cake — but the flavor is anything but. "Not too sweet, just the right amount of tart," Amber Van Meter says.
"I am very proud of my banana bread recipe, which is why I adapted it into this amazing cherry-chocolate loaf. While cherries really aren't anything like bananas, this really did work out extremely well," Chef John says. "This loaf is a delicious option for breakfast, brunch, or dessert."