July 4, 2012

Whole Foods Cherries

Posted by Laura

Last week, PEC received a lovely little email from Whole Foods in Hadley asking us if we'd be interested in trying out some of their delicious Prima Frutta cherries from California to experiment with. Cherries have one of the shortest growing seasons out of all the fruit out there, so this time of year we try to eat up any opportunity (pun) we have to get our hands on cherries. Along with the cherries, we were given some delicious looking recipe suggestions - Raw Cherry Crisp with Chia and Dates, Spiced Pickled Cherries, Cherry-Blueberry Crumble-Top Pie (drool), Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with Spinach and Walnut, and Brown Rice Salad with Cherries and Chicken. We'll have to wait and see what Kristin chooses to make, but I took a different route with this. Due to my watery-mouthed husband's suggestion (and the current heat-wave we're in) I went with Cherry Sorbet.

First, just look at these beauties...

Prima Frutta Cherries
Whole Foods Market, Hadley


I got the recipe from the same book as my strawberry sorbetThe Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz.

Ingredients:
- 2 lbs Cherries
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:
1. Pit and de-stem the cherries
2. In a non-reactive pan, cook cherries, water, sugar and lemon juice on medium heat for about 15 minutes (or until cherries are soft)
3. Let mixture sit until it reaches room temperature (about 30 minutes)
4. Add almond extract. Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor (I used my magic bullet), then follow the instructions on your ice cream maker

My ice cream maker is an attachment to my kitchen aide. My mother-in-law gave it to me and it is one of my favorite summer time appliances.



Tillie and I waited a long time for the mixture to freeze...



Finished product.



The taste was a little different than expected...it wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be, but it was certainly refreshing. Oh yea, and if there's one thing to be critical about with this recipe, it's to make sure that EVERY seed comes out of the cherries. Ouch to my tooth!

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