Sunday, February 8, 2009

Elegant Cherry Cups

From Cherry Cup

I absolutely love to read recipes. I will find them anywhere; magazines, newspapers, product labels, internet, blogs, books, family,and friends. I have a kazillion recipes I would like to try. I am constantly searching for them, saving them, clipping them, printing them, anything. I've got to have them. I think I am addicted. Know the feeling?

Well, today I found this little beauty of a recipe and photo in my inbox, courtesy of Pillsbury. It is called an Elegant Cherry Cup. I will definitely try this one out this week to pass along to my family and friends. After all, it is Valentine's Day week and I am feeling generous!

Here is the recipe as copied and pasted from the Pillsbury site:


1 box (15 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup chopped white chocolate baking bar

1 carton (7 oz) crème fraîche (about 1 cup)
1 cup cherry pie filling
1 tablespoon kirsch or maraschino cherry juice
3 tablespoons chopped white chocolate baking bar

1. Heat oven to 450°F. Unroll pie crusts on work surface. Sprinkle crusts with sugar; press in lightly. Cut 16 rounds from crusts with 3 3/8- to 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Press sugared side up in bottoms and up sides of 16 regular-size muffin cups, without going to top edge of cups. Prick each crust generously with fork.
2. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon chopped white chocolate in each cup; cool 10 minutes. Remove tart shells from muffin cups. Place shells on serving platter.
3. To serve, drop about 1 tablespoon crème fraîche into each shell. In small bowl, mix pie filling with kirsch; top each with cherry mixture. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon chopped white chocolate on filling of each.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

I would like to try substitutes and add-in for this dessert. For example, try using Ricotta or cream cheese, instead of crème fraîche. Maybe, adding some dark or milk chocolate, somehow, someway into this luscious equation.

See, inspiration begins with a recipe!

Take a gander over at their site for other neat Valentine's and every day ideas!

I am curious, what spin have you made to a recipe that is your favorite ingenious way to make something your own?


Sara said...

Mmm, that looks easy and yummy!

Melissa said...

Those are so cute! They look delicious!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a recipe addict too. I'm constantly ripping recipes out of magazines or printing them off the internet.

The cherry cups look tasty!

Anonymous said...

Mmm... those look so pretty - perfect for Valentine's day.

Cheryl said...

Wow those look delicious, I have no idea what to make for Valentines Day Dinner!!!

Anonymous said...

Yum! Those look good...
My favourite substitution:
When making baklava, you have to make a simple syrup and dredge the baklava in that. Instead of making boring plain simple syrup (water and sugar), I do a combination of water, honey, orange blossom water, vanilla bean, and fresh squeezed orange juice. The result is CRAZY!
Also, for pavlova, instead of just plain whipped cream, I make a white chocolate orange ganache, using special orange-flavoured white chocolate. SO GOOD!

Teanna said...

Those are adorable and look so delicious!

Life with Kaishon said...

These look beautiful. AND very Valentines Day appropriate : ).