Cherries are sweet-tart, versatile, summery fruit. They pair well with both sweet and savory recipes, from baked desserts like pies, cakes, and clafoutis to salads, or meat marinades and cocktail garnishes.
Cherries are a kind of sweet-tart fruit which are in season during the summer. There are several types in nature, and they all go well with both sweet and savory recipes. If you don't know what to cook for your next summer lunch or dinner and you have lots of cherries, try one of our 15+ easy recipes based on this delicious fruit.
We've thought about baked goods like pies, cakes, and clafoutis to serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and quick desserts like frostings or puddings. On the other hand, cherries are so versatile that you can use them in savory recipes as well. Add them to salads or meat marinades to flavor your favorite dishes. Don't forget to save some for garnishing your cocktails as well.
If you can't wait until cherry season, you can also replace fresh ones with canned cherries, or frozen ones – keep in mind the latter can last up to 6-12 months. So, what are you waiting for? Fire up the stove or oven and get ready to taste our delicious cherry recipes.
Cherry pie might be one of the all-time best summer desserts out there, especially when made with ripe, in-season cherries. With its tender, flaky, buttery crust and sweet, juicy cherry filling, there's nothing like sinking your fork into a slice of freshly baked cherry pie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Cherry clafoutis is a wonderful custardy dessert that's surprisingly easy to make. This elegant dish is a fantastic way to make the most of fresh summer cherries, but you could just as easily make it with frozen cherries the rest of the year. Clafoutis is a traditional French dessert from Limousin, where locals use plump black cherries in the recipe. You'll find variations made from red cherries, plums, berries, and other fruits. Lightly sweet with a decadent custardy texture, it takes just 15 minutes of prep, plus about half an hour in the oven. It's the perfect effortless summer dessert to make when you're looking to impress guests.
If you're a keen home baker with an undeniable sweet tooth, you'll love this easy cherry cake recipe. Each bite has a rich, sweet cherry flavor and a light, moist, and tender texture. Cherry cake is made with glacé cherries, ground almonds, almond milk, sugar, eggs, and butter. It's moist and buttery with a subtle almond flavor that complements the cherries beautifully. Homemade cherry cake is perfect for the holidays, as a delicious tea cake for afternoon tea, or as a delectable snack that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Cherry season is almost over, so you better hurry and make this Cherry Crumble while you still can. Despite its reputation, crumbles are actually super easy to make. It’s quick to assemble and is a great dessert option for summer (it’s great for making ahead of time). There is the perfect balance of texture with a crispy top, and juicy, tender cherries on the inside.
If you love cherries, you’re in for a treat! This Cherry Crumble Cake is an easy and very tasty recipe with lots of texture and flavor. The crumble on top makes it crunchy, while the cherry filling is moist. The fluffy cheesecake layer is rich and delicious. It’s everything you want in a dessert in a single bite.
Summer is cherry season, so it's the ideal opportunity to make homemade cherry nut cake. This gorgeous dessert is similar to a classic cherry cake but adds nuts and coconut to the recipe for an even tastier treat. It's moist, perfectly sweet, and dotted with fresh cherries and nuts in each bite.
If you're a fan of lighter-than-air cakes and baking with seasonal fruits, this cherry upside-down cake is just for you. This beautiful cake is part angel food cake, part pound cake, with a rich buttery flavor and tender crumb topped off with lightly caramelized cherries. It's the perfect way to make the most of cherry season this summer, especially if you're searching for a simple recipe with a greater wow factor than a classic cherry cake. Serve it with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop or two of whipped cream and don't be surprised if people come back for seconds!
Love pink? Then you’ll love this colorful Maraschino Cherry Bread with its pink glaze. This is an easy quick bread recipe made with cherries and a cherry and almond glaze to top it off. It’s sweet and packed with cherry flavor. The texture is soft with bits of cherries throughout.
It’s cherry season! And that means it’s time to get baking on all things that contain cherries. This easy cherry pound cake celebrates the flavors and colors of cherries and is an easy dessert recipe perfect for summer.
Craving a slice of cake but don’t have an oven? Then this skillet cherry cake is perfect for you! It’s quick and easy to make and no oven is necessary. Simply make a simple cake batter of sugar, vegetable oil, milk, flour, and baking powder. Top the batter with syrup cherries and cook until golden. You will need a good quality skillet for this recipe—use either a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or a non-stick skillet.
The cherry pudding is a very simple but delicious recipe, which you can replicate with your favorite fruit. If you love cherries like us, you just have to try it. It is a very delicious dessert, with a delicate but unmistakable taste, which immediately makes us think of summer.
Homemade frosting always tastes better than anything you can pick up in stores. It only takes a few minutes to make and the results are out of this world. This easy maraschino cherry frosting is one of our favorites. This eye-catching bright pink buttercream frosting is amazing for decorating cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and other baked treats. Rich, creamy with an irresistible cherry flavor, maraschino cherry frosting is one simple recipe every home baker should have in their back pocket.
These black forest chocolate truffles are the best treat you can give to anyone! They are so much better than the store-bought kinds and extremely simple to prepare. You just need a few ingredients, follow some simple steps, and in no time you will be relishing these decadent goodies.
Cherry liqueur is an alcoholic drink with a sweet and fruity flavor, really easy to prepare and will win everyone over with its unique taste. It is a homemade liqueur that you can enjoy at any time of the year, especially as an after dinner drink. It is very easy to prepare and you only need a few ingredients: ripe cherries, sugar, water and pure alcohol are the basic ingredients, then add cinnamon and cloves to make your cherry liqueur more aromatic and delicious. But let's see how to make it with this simple recipe to serve to friends and family on any occasion.
Preserving cherries in syrup is a great way to preserve the season’s cherries for months to come. So now is the best time to get going on the overabundance of cherries around you. The cherry season usually starts in mid-April and runs through to August. The cherries become sweet and bursting with flavor. And the best of all is that you don’t need lots of ingredients.