Cherry Popovers

Cherry Popovers

September 1: National Cherry Popover Day

We admit that we spent a little money on a few specialized kitchen gadgets and baking pans over the years for fun cooking projects. Highlander bought a cherry pitter so he could make cherry pies with fresh fruit instead of canned filling. Islander bought a popover pan so she could bake popovers for breakfast or brunch. While both items have come in handy, they are not necessary to make cherry popovers. Use a knife to slice the seeds out of the cherries and use a muffin tin/cupcake pan to bake the popovers. The cherry popovers turn out tasty and terrific either way! Prepare some popovers with a fresh cherry filling for National Cherry Popover Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Care2)

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • powdered sugar

Directions

Pit the cherries and set aside. Alternatively, slice out the seeds and dry the cherries with paper towels.

Cherry Popovers

Melt the butter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and milk. Pour in the melted butter and stir until smooth. Beat the eggs into the batter. Fold in the cherries. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.

Cherry Popovers

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Butter the wells and top of a 6-cup popover pan (or a 12-cup muffin tin/cupcake pan). Fill the wells with the batter about ¾ to the top, leaving room for it to rise and “pop over” the top of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes without opening the oven door, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and invert the popovers onto paper towels to soak up any grease. Arrange them on a plate or bowl and generously sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve hot.

Cherry Popovers

Notes

  • The batter yields enough for 8 cherry popovers.
  • Instead of cherries, use blueberries as a popover filling. See the sweeter recipe for blueberry popovers on National Blueberry Popover Day on March 10.
  • Try cherry turnovers as an alternative to cherry popovers. See the recipe on National Cherry Turnover Day on August 28.
  • Search our blog for a bunch of other cherry recipes.

Cherry Turnovers

Cherry Turnovers

August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day

As an alternative to cherry pie or tarts, Highlander indulges in cherry turnovers once in a while. Like his favorite cherry pie pockets, these sweet snacks are portable and petite and an easy-to-make treat! These dessert dumplings are prepared with puff pastry encasing cherry pie filling. The technique is to “turn over” the puff pastry squares into triangular shapes, hence the name. Try this turnover recipe for a tasty pastry on National Cherry Turnover Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Group Recipes)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17.25 ounces) frozen puff pastry (we used Pepperidge Farm brand)
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1 egg + 1 teaspoon water, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, water or kirsch (cherry liqueur)

Directions

Thaw the frozen puff pastry according to the package directions. Unfold each sheet on a lightly floured surface. Lightly press finger to smooth out the folded creases. Cut each sheet into quarters for a total of eight squares. Drain the cherry pie filling in a colander.

Cherry Turnovers

Spoon the filling in the middle of each puff pastry square. Moisten the edges with egg wash. Turn over and fold the pastry square in half to make a triangle; repeat for all.

Cherry Turnovers

Seal the edges with the tines of a fork. Cut small slits with a knife to vent the turnovers. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet that has been lightly greased with cooking spray. Brush the tops with egg wash. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and puffed. Remove from the oven.

Cherry Turnovers

Meanwhile, in a bowl, make the glaze by stirring the milk/water/kirsch into the powdered sugar until smooth. Place in a zip-top plastic bag. Snip a small hole at the point of the bag. Drizzle the glaze over the cherry turnovers. Let set slightly. Serve while warm.

Cherry Turnovers

Notes

  • Instead of drizzling glaze over the baked turnovers, try sprinkling a bit of turbinado/coarse sugar or sliced almonds on top of the egg wash before baking them.
  • Check out other cherry recipes by searching our blog.

Chocolate-Cherry Mice

Chocolate-Cherry Mice

 January 3: National Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day

Check out these cheesy but cute critters: chocolate-cherry mice! Islander receives a lot of compliments when she gets creative with her cooking. She would study Internet images of funny foods and then adapt them with her own personal touches. She made the mice by looking at basic photos, set them on a square base (chocolate cookie) and added a cheese wedge (made of yellow banana taffy). Our guinea pigs friends love them! Although chocolate-cherry mice appear as desserts around Halloween and Christmas time, they are also appropriate for Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day!

Recipe

(Inspired by Internet photos)

Ingredients

  • Maraschino cherries with stems (for the mouse body and tail)
  • Hershey’s Kisses chocolate candies (for the mouse head)
  • chocolate candy melts, semi-sweet baking squares or chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable shortening (we used Crisco brand)
  • almond slivers (for the mouse ears)
  • white (vanilla) tube frosting (for the mouse eyes)
  • black tube gel or frosting (for the mouse pupils)
  • square fudge graham crackers (for the base)
  • yellow taffy candy or fondant (for the “cheese”)

Directions

Drain the cherries from its juice. Let them dry on a paper towel. Unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses chocolate candies and set aside.

Chocolate-Cherry Mice

Melt the chocolate with a little bit of vegetable shortening until smooth. Carefully dip a cherry and coat it with chocolate. Set on a tray lined with waxed paper.

Chocolate-Cherry Mice

Attach a chocolate kiss to the cherry. Dip the ends of two same-sized almond slivers in chocolate and attach between the chocolate kiss and cherry. Allow to cool. Continue making the rest of the chocolate-cherry mice in the same manner.

Chocolate-Cherry Mice

Pipe little white circles for the eye balls using the vanilla frosting. Lightly touch with black gel to make the pupils and complete the eyes. Using a food-safe brush, paint the corner of a fudge graham cracker with the remaining melted chocolate.

Chocolate-Cherry Mice

Attach a chocolate-cherry mouse on top of the fudge graham cracker. Using a sharp paring knife, slice of tiny triangles from the yellow taffy candy or fondant. Paint a dot of melted chocolate to attach the “cheese” in front of the mouse. Refrigerate to set and until ready to serve.

Chocolate-Cherry Mice

Notes

  • Substitute maraschinos for fresh, pitted cherries.