What Can I Do with Dried Cherries?

Dried cherries on a bowl.

Dried cherries are sweet or sour cherries that have been dried and stoned. Dried sweet cherries frequently have concentrated apple and cherry juice, giving them a richer flavor.

You can use dried cherries in winter fruit salads and compotes or in baked fruit puddings like apple pie or peach cobbler instead of sultanas or raisins. They’re also delicious when combined with dried blueberries, dried cranberries, and white chocolate.

What can You Make with Dried Cherries?

There are a lot of things you can make with dried cherries. Below, we’ve shared few recipes for you to try.

1. Breakfast Muffins

Make these simple breakfast muffins to go with your morning tea or coffee. You can simply whip up a fresh batch first thing in the morning if you prepare the dry ingredients the night before.

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour, sifted: 300g/10½oz
  • Baking powder:
  • Pinch salt
  • Ground cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
  • Light brown sugar: 150g/5½oz
  • Milk: 250ml/9fl oz.
  • Free-range eggs, beaten: 2
  • Melted butter: 100g/3½oz
  • Chopped toasted hazelnuts: 100g/3½oz
  • Dried cherries: 25g/1oz
  • Dried cranberries: 25g/1oz

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line a muffin tray with paper muffin liners.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing basin, then toss in the sugar. Whisk together the milk, eggs, and melted butter in a separate dish, then pour into the dry ingredients and rapidly combine. Combine the hazelnuts, dried cherries, and dried cranberries in a mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the granola on top of each muffin shell after dividing the batter between the 12 muffin tins.
  • Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool in the pan for five minutes before serving warm or at room temperature.

2. Ginger Chocolate Oat Bar

This delicious chocolate oaty fridge cake is loaded with dried cranberries, cherries, and crystallized ginger for a spicy bite. It’s also nice in a picnic basket.

Ingredients

  • Butter: 100g/3½oz
  • Jumbo oats: 100g/3½oz
  • Rolled oats: 100g/3½oz
  • Dark chocolate: 450g/1lb
  • Double cream: 150ml/5fl oz.
  • Dried cranberries: 150g/5½ oz.
  • Dried cherries: 150g/5½oz
  • Crystallized ginger, chopped: 150g/5½oz

Directions

  • In a pan, melt the butter. Cook for three minutes with both types of oats. Place in an oven dish that will fit into your refrigerator.
  • Over a pan of simmering water, place a bowl. In a mixing bowl, combine the chocolate and cream and leave to melt for 15 minutes without stirring.
  • Stir in the cranberries, cherries, and ginger with the oats.
  • Give the chocolate a quick toss once it’s completely melted before pouring it over the oats and berries. Refrigerate for 30 minutes after folding in the chocolate.
  • Break into pieces by hand and serve once it has set.

3. Roasted peaches with granola

This delectable dessert might even be served for breakfast! With Greek yogurt or cream, serve these roasted peaches and granola.

Ingredients

  • Peaches – halved and stone taken out: 8
  • Butter: 2 tablespoon
  • Roughly chopped pecans: 60g/2¼ oz.
  • Roughly chopped blanched hazelnuts: 50g/1¾ oz.
  • Rolled oats: 250g/9 oz.
  • Desiccated coconut: 1 tablespoon
  • Ground cinnamon: ½ teaspoon
  • Clear honey: 3 tablespoon
  • Maple syrup: 2 tablespoon
  • Vegetable oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Golden raisins: 50g/1¾ oz.
  • Dried cherries: 50g/1¾ oz.
  • Roughly chopped dried apricots: 50g/1¾ oz.

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°Fahrenheit/Gas 4.
  • Place the peaches in an ovenproof dish with the butter on top.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°F and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the hazelnuts, pecans, cinnamon, and coconut to make the granola. In the center, make a well and pour in the honey, maple syrup, and oil. Mix thoroughly.
  • Bake for 10 minutes after spreading the mixture on a baking pan. Bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove the dried fruit from the oven and toss it in.
  • To serve, divide the peaches into four bowls and sprinkle the granola on top.

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Cherries and Mint – Do they go together?
Cherries and Peaches – Do they go together?
Can You Refrigerate Cherries?
Are Frozen Cherries Good to Eat?

Do Dried Cherries go Bad?

Dried cherries will keep for 6 to 12 months at room temperature if stored properly. They should be stored unopened in a cool, dry location and opened in a firmly sealed bag or container. They do not need to be refrigerated or frozen. Use within 12 months after the date of purchase.

Are Dried Cherries High in Sugar?

The sugar content of dried cherries is much higher than that of fresh cherries. There are roughly 30 grams of sugar in one-third of a cup of dried cherries. After the fruits have dried, some of the sugar is added. A cup of fresh cherries, on the other hand, contains roughly 20 grams of sugar.

Final Thoughts

There are lots of delicious recipes you can make with dried cherries. We have listed a few and answered some common questions that you might have about dried cherries.

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