Fresh Cherry Slice Recipe
This is a delicious, definitely decadent recipe made with fresh cherries and is very simple to make. It's quite rich, so you don't eat too much at one time and it keeps very well in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I have to confess I haven't made this recipe myself but I have tasted it and it's very, very nice.
Cherries can be expensive to buy but it's worth it for the fresh fruit taste and of course, if you buy them in season they're much cheaper. Even better if you've got your own cherry tree. You can however substitute the cherries with apricots or other fruits.
Ripe Cherry Delight
1-1/2 cups ripe cherries
1-1/2 cups desiccated coconut
1-1/2 cups shredded coconut
½ can sweetened condensed milk
- Pip and halve cherries- lightly stew with half cup water ( approx 4 min Microwave)
- Pour off juice.
- Melt copha
- Mix coconut in bowl with cherries and add condensed milk while mixing
- Add melted copha last, mixing in well.
Presentation: You can either pat the ingredients into a square shallow cake tin and chill for at least 1 hour before cutting, or
Put ingedients onto a 30cm square piece of silicone oven paper or wax paper and roll into a 5cm roll - chill for at least 1 hour before cutting.
I never realised just how beautiful cherry trees are until I got up close and personal to one. Not only do they have sweet blossoms but when the blossom is gone, the leaves which emerge are a particularly nice green and when the red cherries are ripe against the green leaves and there's a blue sky and the sun is shining...well, it's spectacular.
A friend of mine has a magnificent one and those are his cherries in the photographs, picked straight from the tree. The cherries are ripening up nicely at the moment as it's late Spring here in Australia and soon I'll be driving over there for my yearly cherry gorge. I hope he's not reading this because he'd be horrified to know how many I actually stuff in my mouth while he kindly allows me to *pick some cherries*...two for the basket, six for my mouth. I just can't resist them.
- The word cherry comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus
- A fleshy stone fruit, the cherry comes from plants of the genus Prunus and has been cultivated for thousands of years
- Cherries are a good source of vitamin C and K, potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper. They also contain anthocyanin, a red pigment which acts as an antioxidant
- Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre on the 17th January, 1904
- Cherry as a girl's first name, reached a peak of popularity in the 1940s
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