Cherry Puree. Fresh cherries simmered with fresh lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice. Softened cherries processed smooth in food processor. Cherry puree simmered a few minutes longer to thicken.
Fruit purees are an excellent component for creating sweet and savory dishes. As a simple embellishment or as the star, they pack tremendous flavor and can dramatically change your cooking and baking. For the most part, they could not be simpler to prepare.
I tend to cook down the fruit first, on the stove top or in the oven. A few minutes on the stove top, or a half hour in the oven, is all it takes. The fruit becomes tender and the juices release. I might add a touch of powdered sugar, if the fruit is naturally a bit bitter, or some fresh citrus juice or zest to brighten flavors.
Once the berries have broken down they are processed in a food processor or blended in a blender and strained, if desired, to create a very smooth liquid. The puree can be returned to the stove top to simmer further and thicken, if desired.
We have recipes for strawberry puree, raspberry puree, and apple butter, to name a few. These are all ideal for use in your baked goods, for making beverages, creating sauces, or for eating with a spoon.
Why You Should Make This Fresh Cherry Puree
- the fresh cherry flavor and color is amplified when prepared in this fashion.
- perfect for creating dessert sauces.
- ready to flavor your cake, pie and ice cream recipes.
- amazing served over pork, chicken, and fish.
- stores very well.
Other Puree Recipes You Might Enjoy
- 450 grams fresh cherries (16 ounces OR 1 pound), pitted and roughly chopped
- 3 grams fresh lemon zest (1 teaspoon)
- 15 grams fresh lemon juice (1 tablespoon)
- Add cherry pieces, fresh lemon zest, and fresh lemon juice to small saucepan.
- Heat cherries over medium low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until juices begin to release and cherries soften.
- Remove saucepan from heat and cool slightly. Rinse saucepan. Add cherries to food processor. Process until smooth. Strain cherries back into saucepan. Heat over low heat for a few minutes to cook off a bit more moisture.
- Store cherry puree in an airtight container for up to a week.