The Best Cherry Recipes Announced
A homey cherry dump pudding and an elegant chutney take top prizes at Friske Orchards.
Mar 5, 2008
Friske Orchards recipe contest winners in the Cobblers/Crisps/Puddings category. L-R: Linda Mathers (2nd place); Janice Harvey (3rd place); Debbie Rhoads (1st place).
Friske Orchards cherry recipe event is always a bright spot in my year: the table is dressed in red-and-white gingham, the parade of creative cherry dishes from Up North home cooks are delicious, the prizes are dreamy. (First prize is $100, a night’s stay at Black Star Farms or the Jordan Inn, and a Friske Orchards cherry goodie bag!) This year’s categories were Chutney/Compotes and Cobblers/Crisps/Puddings. I represented Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine
at Friske Farm Market February 23rd as a guest judge with Ron Jolly from WTCM radio, Pete Peterson from Tapawingo and Babette Stenuis from the Petoskey News Review.
It was a tough call deciding the winners, but here are the delectable first place recipes.—Emily Betz TyraCherry Date ChutneyFrom Gayle Gennett of Charlevoix.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried dates
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups cherry wine
Saute chopped shallot in olive oil in deep frying pan or saucepan until shallot is softened. Add one cup of dried cherries. Add one cup of dried dates (chopped in half or quarters). Add apple cider vinegar. Saute for one minute.
Add 2 cups of cherry wine and simmer until liquid is evaporated (about 30 minutes).
Once the liquid is evaporated, it is ready to serve or store in the refrigerator.
It can be served as a side to pork or chicken or baked in the oven on sliced sourdough bread with goat cheese at 350ª for five minutes as an appetizer.
Serves six.Cherry Dump PuddingFrom Debbie Rhoads of Williamsburg.
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sour cherries (may use frozen)
1 cup Friske's Cherry Juice
Combine flour, salt, baking powder and ½ cup sugar in a medium bowl; add milk, vanilla and unsalted butter; beat with hand mixer on medium speed until creamy. Spread into a greased & floured 8-x-8-inch pan. Spread cherries evenly over top of batter. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring cherry juice to a simmer, add the 1/4 cup sugar and stir until dissolved, slowly pour over cherries. Bake at 375ªF for 40-50 minutes.