Many people live in areas where beautiful flowering cherry trees are a harbinger of spring. Cherry trees that produce fruit are less common in the South, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like cherry desserts. Some of the South’s favorite desserts have traditionally been made with canned cherries or pie filling made from tart cherries.
The sweet red Bing cherries and blushing Raniers are grown in the Pacific Northwest and are only available throughout the summer months. I always look forward to the few weeks when these cherries are available at a fairly reasonable price, but usually just eat most of them fresh.
I imagine most canned cherries are used for the traditional cherry pie, as well as cherry cobblers and crisps. Below are a couple of delicious recipes made with a combination of cherry and berry flavors. I think this Cherry Berry Crisp recipe is a great idea. The filling is made with a delicious combination of cherry pie filling and frozen blueberries to balance out the sweetness. The crisp topping is easy to make with a Martha White® WildBerry Flavored Muffin Mix, oats, brown sugar and butter.
For a fun dessert, try Gluten Free* Cherry Berry Stacks recipe prepared in a mason jar. Alternate layers of Martha White Gluten Free Blueberry Flavored Muffin Mix, instant vanilla pudding and cherry pie filling to create a parfait. Of course, you may certainly make this recipe with a regular blueberry muffin mix, too.
*Ensure all recipe ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.