Sweet Cherries with Balsamic Cream
Cherries are one of our favorite summer fruits. While they are wonderful when eaten fresh, just as they come from the tree, they can also form the basis for wonderful fruit desserts. This summery dessert is very light & simple - just right for warm afternoons - but still delicious and rather special.
Fruits & berries with balsamic cream will not hold up for very long. Mix this dessert up no more than an hour or two before serving. It's probably best to add the balsamic cream and pepper about 15 minutes before serving. The cherries & whipped cream are wonderful served on their own, but for a special touch, add some crisp almond wafers, a slice of angel food cake or top a homemade shortcake.
Pit cherries and slice in half. Drizzle with the balsamic cream, sprinkle on the black pepper and mix gently to coat. Allow to macerate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, using a whisk or electric mixer, whip together the cream, vanilla & confectioner's sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Spoon the cherries into small bowls and top with a generous dollop of the whipped cream. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint & serve.
Optional serving suggestion:
Skip the whipped cream and substitute tart cherries for sweet to use this fruity blend as a sauce for grilled pork or duck!