|Cherry Walnut Squares|
It’s CHERRY time in the Okanagan…..the Okanagan Valley is known for it’s award-winning wines…..& the best CHERRIES (this week Chef Lynn Crawford is shooting an episode of Pitchin’ In in my little town….she’s learning what it takes to grow, pit and dry cherries)
….amongst other things…..the fact that I live here makes it cool as well…
Every year I wait patiently for the Okanagan Cherries to be ready…..and as luck would have it my backyard is a CHERRY ORCHARD….
….every night I sent my boys to pick a fresh bucket of cherries too many mosquitoes for me…..then next day
I try to come up with new ways to turn my bucket of cherries into something delicious….
…just between you & me I am surprised my family still loves CHERRIES…..
There is one thing you can count on during Cherry season in the Okanagan…..it will rain & then the sun will shine like there is no tomorrow….as nice as this sounds…..this is the WORSE thing for ripening cherries….
The rain will cool them down and the sun will make them burst or split with the heat…..
….so what we do when it rains in the Okanagan during CHERRY season?
Well, some farmers turn on huge gas propellers that sound like helicopter is taking off in your living room and make wind…..some farmers actually hire a helicopter to fly over the cherry trees until the cherries are all dry…
Anyway, after the little lesson on drying cherries I should move onto my newest Cherry DESSERT….
….CHERRY WALNUT SQUARES…..made with either fresh or dried cherries.
I made it with fresh cherries and sprinkled it with dried SOUR CHERRIES…..it was heavenly….
I adapted this recipe from Company’s Coming – 150 Delicious Squares cookbook and it’s original name is CHERRY SQUARES.
- 2 cups Flour
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
- 3/4 cup Butter (softened)
- 3 Eggs
- 2 cups Brown Sugar (packed)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 cup Coconut
- 3/4 cup Walnuts (chopped)
- 3/4 cup Dried Cherries or 11/2 cup Fresh Cherries (chopped)
- 1 1/2 cup Icing Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Butter (softened)
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Milk
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350F.
STEP 2: In a bowl crumble together all bottom layer ingredients.Press them evenly into ungreased 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
STEP 3: Bake for 15 minutes.
STEP 4: Meanwhile in another bowl lightly beat eggs and mix in the rest of the ingredients for second layer. Spread over first layer.
STEP 5: Return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until brown. Take out and allow to completely cool.
STEP 6: Beat together icing sugar, butter, vanilla and milk until you reach frosting like consistency. You might need to add more milk or icing sugar.
STEP 7: Spread icing evenly over cooled cherry walnut squares and sprinkle with chopped dried cherries or/and coconut.
|Cherry Walnut Squares|
Did you enjoy my little lesson on drying cherries? I thought it was an interesting fact that not many people know….
Do you have any great CHERRY recipes? Leave me a link in comment section. The trees are still full….
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