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Dip into cherries with creamy sauces

By wire services
Published June 2, 2004

Bing cherry season is the time to dip into the cherry baskets, or to dip the cherries themselves into one or more of the four easy dipping sauces suggested here.

No cherry pitting needed before serving.

Crimson and juicy, Bing cherries often are the most fun eaten straight out-of-hand.

But let's be versatile.

Trying out these sauce combinations could be a self-indulgence, or the occasion to make a treat for others, family or guests.

Serving cherries this way is conducive to leisurely dining and convivial conversation.

Ginger Orange Creme Fraiche

1/2 cup creme fraiche

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons orange-juice concentrate

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger

Cherries for dipping

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients, except cherries. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition information per serving (2 tablespoons): 75 calories, 0g protein, 6g fat, 7g carbohydrates, 20mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 5mg sodium.

Cherry Chocolate Sauce

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons butter

4-ounce bar German sweet chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons Kirsch (cherry brandy)

Cherries for dipping

Heat cream and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate and simmer, stirring frequently, until melted. Stir in Kirsch. Pour into a small bowl and let cool. Makes about 11/4 cups.

Nutrition information per serving (2 tablespoons): 120 calories, 1g protein, 10g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 20mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 30mg sodium.

White Chocolate Almond Sauce

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons butter

4-ounce bar white chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur

Cherries for dipping

Heat cream and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add white chocolate and simmer, stirring frequently, until melted. Stir in Amaretto. Pour into a small bowl and let cool. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

Nutrition information per serving (2 tablespoons): 130 calories, 1g protein, 10g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 25mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 40mg sodium.

Marsala Cream

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 tablespoon Marsala

Cherries for dipping

Beat cream and powdered sugar in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Add Marsala and beat until stiff peaks form. Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition information per serving (2 tablespoons): 60 calories, 0g protein, 6g fat, 2g carbohydrates, 20mg cholesterol, 0g fiber, 5mg sodium.

Source: All recipes from the California Bing Cherry Promotion Group.

[Last modified June 1, 2004, 10:26:13]

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