Cherry Cordials

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Happy 2018! Wishing everyone that reads this post a prosperous new year.

cherry-cordialWhen I was looking over my recipes I came across a family favorite: Cherry Cordials (aka Chocolate Covered Cherries). My parfait version of this dessert is slightly different, but all the flavors of this delicious dessert are there. There are 2 different ways I like to make them, “Adults Only” and “Family Friendly”.   I’ll share both with you and that way you can decide which one you want to make. Both will be made in SupaCute’s Encore cups. Before we start let’s take a look at the history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cherry Cordial History:

When most of us think of cherry cordials, we think of chocolate-covered cherries and the sweet syrup that surrounds the cherry. However, the cordial dates farther back then the treats we associate with the holiday season.

In the 1400s, Europeans were drinking a distilled beverage called “cordials” used to “invigorate the heart and revitalize the spirits,” according to British food researcher Ivan Day. These drinks were undoubtedly for the well-to-do given that some even contained flecks of gold. The gold was thought to renew the body’s heat and free it from diseases.

Gradually, the cordials became renowned as a recreational drink, helped by their reputation as an aphrodisiac. One example is the Rosolio, which was “Distilled over large quantities of the insectivorous bog plant sundew…and included hot provocative spices like cubebs, grains of

paradise and galingale,” writes Day, adding that seventeenth-century medical writer William Salmon, claimed the sundew “stirs up lust”.

So how did this multipurpose beverage become the cherry cordial of today? According to a fascinating piece in CandyFavories.com the road here is little windy starting in France in the 1700s. There, confectioners made a tasty sweet of chocolate covered sour cherries. By the time these candies reached the U.S., where they became mass-manufactured in the mid-1800s, confectioners were soaking the cherry in alcohol…which became known as cordials.

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Cherry (Cordial) Fun Facts:

The word “cordial” derives from the Latin “cor,” heart, and referred to a medicinal tonic, which was believed to stimulate the heart and improve circulation.

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On average, there are about 44 cherries in one pound.

In an average crop year, a sweet cherry tree will produce 800 cherries.

Despite the short fruiting season, Americans consume an average of 1.5 pounds of cherries each year.

 



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Cherry (Cordial) Fun Dates:

January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
May 26th is National Cherry Dessert Day.

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What You’ll Need (Adults Only):

6 cups of milk; divided
2 boxes chocolate pudding
1 box white chocolate pudding
2 tablespoons cherry gelatin
12 maraschino cherries
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons* Kirsch or other cherry flavored liquor; divided

* feel free to add more to your liking throughout the recipe.

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What You’ll Need (Family Friendly):

6 cups of milk; divided
2 boxes chocolate pudding
1 box white chocolate pudding
1 tablespoon cherry gelatin
12 maraschino cherries
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream

As you can see the only difference in the recipes is the Kirsch or cherry liquor, so when making the “Family Friendly” version just omit the liquor part.

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Chocolate Pudding Layer Part 1:

Make 1 box of the chocolate pudding according to the instructions on the box. Pour a few inches into the Encore cups. Refrigerate as you work on the next layer.

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White Chocolate/ Cherry Layer:

Make the white chocolate pudding according to the instructions on the box Add 2 tablespoons of cherry gelatin and stir until well incorporated. (This is one of those places you could add some of the cherry liquor if you like.) Carefully, spoon a small scoop of the cherry pudding mixture on top of the chocolate layer. Add a maraschino cherry and cover with the cherry pudding (as seen in the picture). Refrigerate as you work on the next layer.

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Chocolate Pudding Layer Part 2:

Repeat what you did for the first chocolate pudding layer. Be sure to leave room for the ganache. Refrigerate as you work on the next layer.

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Finishing Touches, Ganache:

Chop the chocolate and place into a medium bowl, then set aside. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil (watch it carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it can boil out). When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, stir in the cherry liquor, and whisk until smooth. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over the pudding. Place inside the refrigerator till the ganache hardens.

 

Enjoy these treats up to a week when covered or unless the dairy expires before.

 

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Until next time …
Dessert Girlie

 

 

January 30, 2018 by Monique Moussan
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