Fresh, ripe cherries always herald the beginning of the summer for me. I just love them - especially the sweet, crunchy bing variety. But beware, don't indulge in too many at once or you'll be sorry....if you know what I mean!
The Saturday before Memorial Day I went cherry picking in Brentwood with my nieces and sister-in-law. It was the first day of the season so we headed out bright and early with the hope of getting the nicest fruit.
Even by 9:30am the parking lot was already jam packed with minivans and young families. Sixty minutes, one pair of dusty sneakers and nine pounds of cherries later I was a very happy person.
I immediately got home and set about searching for a new cherry recipe. I happened upon this one for clafoutis from Bon Appétit. I'd never made it before, but it's the quintessential French dessert using cherries. It tastes very much like a pancake or crepe and is so good served slightly warm with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Think we've just discovered a new Memorial Day tradition.