Cherry on Top
(Cover image.) I use red-tipped little gems here, but butterhead, oakleaf, lollo rosso and frisée would also work. If you can’t find buttermilk, use yoghurt thinned with a splash of milk for the dressing. Some goat’s cheese or goat’s curd would be a nice addition, too.
I make this in peak cherry season, when they are most affordable. At other times of the year, you could use some cheaper frozen cherries, or even some pitted and roughly chopped red plums in place of half the cherries.
This is how I get cherries into my mornings and their cheering colour never fails to lift my spirits. Almond butter works here to give this smoothie an almost marzipan note; it works with frozen cherries, too once summer is gone.
The smoked salt adds a brilliant flavour note, but normal sea salt will work well, too. The frozen cherries are already softened, so are perfect for a clafoutis. For a boozy version, soak the cherries in a little kirsch and sugar for an hour before you make the dish, then drain and follow the recipe.
It happened that we got married in mid-July – prime cherry season – so we decided on this: caramelly brown sugar meringues topped with a lemon-curd spiked Chantilly, crème anglaise and cherries three different ways, as well as a syrup made from fresh myrtle, a symbol of everlasting love, a very sweet touch from the wonderful people who cooked for us.
This is a simplified version, no myrtle syrup and only a few simple processes, but well, well worth the bother. A very precious pudding.
This tart has the lightness and freshness that’s key in a summer pudding. The coconut crust is topped with a macaroon filling and scattered withcan make this all year round, changing the cherries for whatever’s in season – strawberries in summer, slices of ripe pear in autumn, blood oranges and orange blossom water in winter.