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Cherry treats to see you through the August bank holiday weekend

The summer is coming to a close and the kids will soon to heading back to school but it’s not too late to have some fun in the kitchen. Ahead of the August bank holiday weekend, we’ve picked three of our favourite summer cherry recipes that you can make at home. So grab your aprons as it’s time to get cooking!

 

Cherry Good Sorbet

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You will need:

1-2 pounds of frozen Cherry Good juice- frozen in ice cube trays

3/4 cup of simple syrup (Simple syrup is equal amounts of sugar and water boiled together until the sugar has completely dissolved, creating a sweet syrup. Allow to full cool before using.)

1/4 cup of lemon juice (1 lemon squeezed)

Pinch of salt

 

Method:

1. Pop your frozen cherry juice squares, syrup, lemon juice and salt into a blender and pulse until smooth. This should take you around two minutes.

2. Once your mix is smooth, eat immediately or pour into a container to store in the freezer.

 

Red Velvet Choc-Cherry Muffins

Muffins

You will need:

100g butter, softened

140g golden caster sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

225g plain flour

25g cocoa powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

150ml buttermilk

28ml bottle red food colouring (natural food colouring won't look as bright as an artificial one)

100g glacé cherries, roughly chopped, plus extra to decorate

 

Method:

1. Heat your oven to 180C and line a muffin-tin with cases.

2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until fluffy then slowly add the eggs, folding them into the mix.

3. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt and fold into the mix with a spatula until there are no lumps.

4. Add the remaining buttermilk, food colouring and cherries then pour into the muffin cases before baking for 20 mins until the muffins have risen.

 

Cherry and Almond Cookies

Cookies

You will need:

Basic Cookie Dough (or make your own)

1/2 cup dried tart cherries, chopped

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped

 

Method:

1. Add your chopped, dried cherries to the cookie dough, folding them into the mix until they’re evenly distributed.

2. Add the almonds and bitter chocolate before dividing up your dough into small mounds.

3. Place your cookie dough mounds on a greased baking tray, ensuring plenty of room is  left for them to expand whilst cooking and then pop them into the oven at 190C for        around 15 minutes until they’re golden brown on the top.

 

There you have it, three simple and easy desserts which are perfect to enjoy  over the weekend. You could even invite some friends over and have a small bank holiday buffet with some delicious Cherry Good Juice for everyone to enjoy!

Why not send us photos of your delicious bank holiday weekend treats on Twitter; we’d love to see them.  

 

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