Summer can be both a wonderful and frustrating time for New York City's pastry chef population. On the one hand, we've finally got a whole rainbow of beautiful fruit to work with. On the other, prime growing seasons for summer fruit can be short, and much of the City's population isn't around to enjoy the results, anyway.
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From sweet cherry pies to sour cherry 'clams,' these 9 delicious recipes are worth the wait for cherry season (and the work of pitting.)
This is a simple recipe with no added flavors or fancy ingredients. Instead, it's a perfect expression of the fruit, with just a hint of sweetness and a perfect set-yet-spreadable consistency.
If I was offered one kind of pie on my deathbed, this is the one I would choose—a bold statement from a cook who writes a column entitled "Pie of the Week". I promise that all the pitting will be worth it.
Let's talk sour cherries for a minute. They're only around for a short span of the year, and they're not the easiest to find fruit in the world, but for a dessert-maker, they're kind of magical. These puppies can take serious abuse. Unlike most summer fruit, they retain their character even when hit by sugar and heat. Cook a ripe peach with sugar even for a few minutes and you'll get something that tastes like it came from a can. Not so with sour cherries.