My friend has a fruit orchard. In spite of a late freeze, the cherry trees were prolific this year, and at the beginning of June I went over to relieve her of some cherries!
Although there’s nothing much better than just popping a fresh cherry in your mouth, I decided to do something with these fresh cherries, but without baking the obvious pie.
I thought about ice cream, but then I settled on an idea I’d spotted in a cookbook a while back – roasting the cherries.
My friend told me to refrigerate them, as they’re easier to pit when they’re cold, so that’s where they went for a few hours.
I sorted the cherries, throwing away any questionable ones, rinsed them and let them drip dry.
My friend gave me another tip – how to pit the cherries without using the olive/cherry pitter. A paper clip!
You insert one rounded end of a paper clip into the dent where the stem was, and simply “scoop” out the pit. This works especially well when the cherries are ripe.
I love brie in general, but if you’ve never had a goat brie, you’re mising out! However, regular brie will substitute in this recipe.
So here’s what I did.
Baked Goat Brie topped with Roasted Cherries
Fresh pitted cherries, approximately 8 ounces
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon cherry or pomegranate syrup
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 small goat Brie
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Add the cherries and sugar, stir gently and remove from the heat. Place the mixture in an oven-proof baking dish.
Roast the cherries, watching them carefully. It should only take about 15-20 minutes. You’re not drying them, just caramelizing them.
Remove the baking dish from the oven. Because these cherries were so juicy, I gently removed to cherries using a small, slotted spoon, and poured the remaining liquid in a small saucepan.
I gently reduced the cherry juice until a syrup, then added the cherry syrup. I reduced a few minutes longer, then added the balsamic vinegar.
Meanwhile heat the goat Brie ever so gently in the oven or microwave. You don’t want to cook the cheese, just begin the melting process.
To serve, place the Brie on a serving plate and cover with the roasted cherries.
After the reduction has cooled slightly, carefully spoon it over the brie and cherries.
I also added a few sprigs of thyme, and served the brie with toasts.
If the brie is nicely warmed, it should pour out of its casing when cut into.
The cherry juice, reduction and molten cheese made a beautiful design that wasn’t anticipated!
This hors d’oeuvre turned out to be one of the tastiest I’ve ever created, in my humble opinion. And, it’s beautiful.
The ratio of ingredients will definitely depend on the sweetness and juiciness of the fresh cherries!