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16 Sweet Ways to Have a Sour Cherry for Dessert!

Each afternoon on our walk home from school, my daughters and I pass a little cherry tree. I’ve been keeping a close eye on its progress this season and am pretty thrilled to report that cherry season is almost upon us! Since cherries are one of my favorite fruits, I want to be ready to enjoy these summer beauties as soon as they’re ready. Sour cherries are incredibly delicate and have a very short season here on the east coast, usually only kicking around for two or three weeks. Inspired by tart, tangy, and delicious sour cherries, I’ve rounded up 16 sweet, sweet ways to have a sour cherry for dessert (so we can all make the most of cherry season)!

  • 16 Sweet Ways to Eat a Sour Cherry 1 of 17
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    Tart sour cherries bring brightness and tang to a host of delicious summer desserts!

  • Cherry Black Forrest Brownie Bites 2 of 17
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    These picture-perfect cupcakes are the perfect summer treat for the chocolate lover in your life.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Jaime Richardson 

  • Fresh Cherry Tartlets 3 of 17
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    These tasty tartlets feature fresh cherries (sweet or sour cherries work well here) nestled in a flaky, buttery homemade crust.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Cherry Lemon Scones 4 of 17
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    Classic scones get a flavor boost from the winning combination of tart cherries and lemon.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Jaime Richardson 

  • Double Cherry Swirl Ice Cream 5 of 17
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    This easy ice cream recipe features a bit of concentrated cherry juice, ensuring huge real cherry flavor.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kelsey Banfield

  • Almond and Sour Cherry Granola 6 of 17
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    This satisfying snack mix features almonds and tarts cherries complimented by super-sweet white chocolate. Just the thing for on-the-go summer snacking!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Whole Foods 

  • Tart Cherry Chocolate Parfait 7 of 17
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    Cherries and chocolate were meant to be together, especially in this healthy vegan dessert recipe!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

  • Sour Cherry Lime Pie 8 of 17
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    This sour cherry season, go all-out with this incredibly delicious lattice-top sour cherry and lime pie.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Brie and Sour Cherry Tartlets 9 of 17
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    These tasty tartlets with brie and cherries make for a stunning (and surprisingly simple!) summer appetizer.
    Babble Food has the recipe 
    Image: courtesy of the Ontario Tender Fruit Producers 

  • Fresh Cherry Lemonade 10 of 17
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    Tart cherries make for a wonderfully refreshing lemonade!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Preserved Cherries 11 of 17
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    Cherry season is short, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy cherries all year long —— try preserving! And once you've preserved your cherries, swirl them into a bowl of sour cream ice cream.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Whole Wheat Pancakes with Dried Cherries 12 of 17
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    Tender whole wheat pancakes are the perfect vehicle for tart dried cherries, especially when you add a little maple syrup into the mix.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Sour Cherry Ice Cream 13 of 17
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    Basically, this is the best homemade ice cream ever. Delightfully tart and sweet, sour cherry ice cream is summer in ice cream form.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Cherry Orange Oatmeal 14 of 17
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    Tangy sweet cherries and oranges transform everyday oatmeal into something special!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Sour Cherry Peach Pie 15 of 17
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    Tart cherries and sweet peaches mingle beautifully in this classic homemade summer pie!
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Red Wine Caramel Cherries 16 of 17
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    There can be little doubt that this fragrant spiced red wine caramel cherry sauce tastes amazing on just about anything. Vanilla ice cream is never going to be the same.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Babble

  • Sour Cherry and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake 17 of 17
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    Sweet and tart sour cherries meld wonderfully into this moist, lightly sweet cornmeal cake.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

 

More from Brooklyn Supper on Babble:
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14 Incredible Recipes with Buckwheat (The Super Food You Have to Try!)

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