In Season: Cherries


Not only do cherries taste delicious, but they are really good for you too! They contain no fat or cholesterol and are absolutely chockers full of antioxidants, which help keep skin smooth and supple! Not only that, but cherries contain phytonutrients (plant pigments) that have been linked with a heap of benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity effects. Who knew?! 

Here are a few of my favourite cherry recipes for you to try out. Let me know how you go!

Duck Tacos with Cherry Salsa (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp each ground coriander and smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp each ground chilli and ground cumin
  • 1sp salt
  • 4 duck breasts
  • 12 mini flour tortillas
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime, juiced

Cherry Salsa:

  • 1½ cups pitted fresh cherries, coarsely chopped
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped coriander
  • 1 jalapeño or long green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced

Method:

  1. Combine spices and salt in a wide shallow bowl and coat duck breasts in the spice mixture.
  2. Place duck breasts skin-side down in a cold, large frying pan, turn the heat onto low-medium and cook, rendering the fat, for 10 minutes until the skin is golden and the fat has rendered.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Turn the duck breasts over and cook for a further 5 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
  4. Transfer the duck to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

To make the cherry salsa:

  • Combine ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.
  • Warm tortillas according to packet instructions.
  • Mash avocado in a bowl with lime juice until combined and season well with salt.

To assemble the tacos:

  • Spoon avocado down the centre of warmed tortillas.
  • Slice duck breasts and divide among tortillas.
  • Top with cherry salsa to serve.

Recipe from australiancherries.com.au

Black Forest Mousse (serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 500g pitted cherries
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 2 tsp rum essence
  • 350g bought chocolate mousse
  • 50g-piece dark chocolate, shaved 

Method:

  1. Place the cherries on a plate lined with paper towel.
  2. Use an electric beater to beat the cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Add the rum essence. Beat to combine.
  3. Layer the cream mixture, mousse and cherries among serving glasses, finishing with cream mixture. Top with chocolate to serve.

Recipe from taste.com.au

Cherry Sangria (serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 750ml red or white wine (a spicy shiraz or fresh sauvignon blanc is perfect)
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 litre lemonade
  • 300g pitted cherries, halved

Method:

  1. Combine the wine and sugar in a large jug.
  2. Thinly slice the orange, lemon and lime and add to the wine mixture.
  3. Stir in the cherries and chill for at least 1 hour (or up to three days).
  4. When ready to serve, add the lemonade and serve over lots of ice. Alternately, serve the wine and the lemonade in separate carafes and allow people to mix the sangria themselves, to their taste!

 Recipe from australiancherries.com.au

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