Dear Mummy, British cherry season is upon us and boxes of cherries line supermarket shelves like little red jewels glistening like rubies ready to be eaten. I’m participating in the #LoveFreshCherries Challenge this summer sponsored by Love Fresh Cherries, and I can’t wait to try this tasty fruit for the first time!
See I’ve always been a little put off by the stones in cherries but we were sent a nifty kitchen gadget called a cherry stoner. A cherry stoner is invaluable for removing the stones and keeping the cherry whole. It’s a great gadget and a fun job for me to get to grips with, making it really quick and easy to get the stones out of them (as soon as I had worked out how to master it). Once I started eating cherries I couldn’t stop eating them much to my mummies bemusement. So as snacks go, these are pretty good.
Cherries are packed with vitamin C (100g provides 25% of the RDA of vitamin C) and have an abundance of antioxidants. They’re very seasonal and can be found in the UK from June to early September, so I had to be quick and pick up a punnet.
With all the hot weather we’ve been having recently ice cream has been high up my agenda but I never thought of combining it with cherries. So we decided to make a super easy American classic dessert, called a cherry knickerbocker glory.
Here’s how we made it! Watch our video to see how much fun it was to make them.
1) Get a tall glass (like the type traditionally used to serve milk shakes). They don’t have to be made of glass as you can buy plastic ones now which are a safer option.
2) Place de-stoned cherries in the base of the glass.
3) Add a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.
4) Pour a sauce over the ice-cream, we used cherry syrup.
5) Put cream on top, we used whipped cream. Put a cherry on top and/or add an ice cream wafer.
Tah Dah! It’s really that simple! We can wait to experiment more with different toppings and more fruits too. The cherries have definitely added a lovely tasty addition to how we make ice cream desserts.
Until I took this challenge I wasn’t aware that cherries contain melatonin which is excellent for promoting good sleep. So now with a full belly I’m heading off for a nap!
Love Bella x
Disclosure – This post is an entry for the BritMums #lovefreshcherries Challenge, sponsored by Love Fresh Cherries (instagram: @LoveFreshCherries).