No no, seriously – I skaaaa-wheeeeeeeled with joy when I tasted one of these bad boys.
Okay – back story:
Last week we went on a road trip for business and I loaded an ENTIRE tub of freshly washed cherries to snack on. I promptly forgot about said cherries for the three days and when I unloaded them from the car around midnight on Fri night, it was…manky smelling.
Instead of listening to C and just pitching the lot, I threw out the yucky ones, rinsed off the good ones, and laid them out on a Silpat to dry overnight. In the morning I popped the sheet pan into the oven (I think it was 350ºF) and walked away. Actually, I set the timer for 30 min, and then I walked away.
I remember smelling something burning about *ahem* 40 minutes later and RUSHED into the kitchen to remove said pan from the hotbox.
Luckily, the cherries had shriveled their sweet sweet goodness into morsels of dark chewy joy, not a lump of black crap (which is precisely what my blueberries did. Did I mention that I tried to roast them too? No? Ok. Now you know).
So I snatched the hot pan outta the oven, bemoaned my sense of time, and then off-loaded my un-burnt cherries onto a pretty plate.
I let everything cool while I prepped the twins’ breakfast – did I mention that this happened BEFORE breakfast? I’m a little nutso-crazypants in the mornings.
After the twins were seated and snarfing their b-fast, I grabbed some plain yogurt, sliced up a mango, and topped the bowl with my cherries.
I nearly *SWOONED* on the spot.
Except for the pits.
I shoulda removed the pits first.
Yes. I learned that the hard way.
YOU MUST TRY THIS TO BELIEVE IT!!
God Bless Roasted Fruit.
ROASTED CHERRIES by Moi
Printable Recipe HERE
2lbs of Cherries *Do as I say, not as I do: Pit these suckers
(*Clapping Hands) Optional
1- Oven to 350ºF.
2- Rinse and dry your cherries. PIT THEM PLEASE. I left mine whole, but you could try slicing them too… Let me know how that goes?
3- Lay out your cherries on a silpat, some parchment paper or whatever you generally use. I wouldn’t try to grease a cookie sheet because the added grease might be funky on your cherriliciousness. But if you wanna try it – Go for it! Just let me know after how it turned out, okay? Good.
4- Roast for 25-35minutes, until the cherries are shriveled and look like oversized raisins.
5- Let them cool for 10+ minutes, if you can handle it. ENJOY!
C liked them too.
The four I allowed him to have.
Can you imagine a roasted cherry MARTINI??
How about topping a fresh white cake that’s slathered with vanilla frosting with several several handfuls of these beauties??
Over Vanilla ICE CREAM?
Hot roasted cherries over frozen hard creamy melty goodness??
Again: I swoon.
(C just rolled his eyes at me)