Cherry Filling for All Your Dessert Recipes

This versatile cherry filling is perfect for a variety of desserts such as pies, tarts, cakes, and more. With its rich and sweet flavor, it adds a delightful touch to any treat you create.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water (or cherry juice if available)
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Cherries:
  • If using fresh cherries, wash, pit, and halve them. If using frozen cherries, ensure they are thawed and drained.
  1. Mix the Dry Ingredients:
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Mix well to ensure the cornstarch is evenly distributed.
  1. Cook the Filling:
  • In a large saucepan, add the cherries and water (or cherry juice). Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Gradually stir in the sugar mixture, ensuring there are no lumps. Continue stirring as the mixture heats up.
  1. Add Flavorings:
  • Once the mixture starts to thicken and the cherries are softened (about 5-10 minutes), add the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and almond extract (if using). Stir well to combine.
  1. Simmer:
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for another 2-3 minutes until it reaches the desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, add a little more water or juice to thin it out.
  1. Cool the Filling:
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and let the cherry filling cool to room temperature. The filling will continue to thicken as it cools.
  1. Store or Use:
  • Once cooled, you can use the cherry filling immediately in your favorite dessert recipes or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Enjoy your delicious cherry filling in pies, tarts, cakes, or any dessert that calls for a sweet and fruity touch!

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