Cherries have long been linked to the most magical time of the year. Their redness and rarity lend them to make perfect festive fruit – plus, their season coincides with the holidays. They’re indulgent, whimsical and special, bringing extra delight to any occasion.
2 cups @sweet_cherrytime™ cherries, pitted and halved
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
500g puff pastry sheets
1 tablespoon water
sugar for sprinkling
2 tablespoons of the Cherry filling
1 cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon water
In a small saucepan, on medium heat, whisk the cherries, sugar, lemon and cinnamon.
In a bowl, mix cornstarch with the water.
When the Cherry mixture starts boiling, add the cornstarch and whisk for a few minutes until thick and syrupy. Finally add the vanilla and let it cool completely.
Prepare the pastry by cutting it into equal size rectangles and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
To assemble, on every alternate pastry rectangle place in the centre a tablespoon of the Cherry filling (keep aside 2 tablespoons for the glaze) allowing for a border, then cover with another pastry rectangle, sealing the ends by using the tip of a fork to indent the edges.
Preheat the oven to 200C and place the pop tarts in the freezer while the oven heats up. In the interim, prepare your egg wash by mixing whisking the egg and water. Then brush the egg over the surface of each tart and finally sprinkle with sugar before popping into the oven for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you prepare the Cherry glaze.
To make the glaze, mix the sugar, Cherry filling and water then strain through a sieve and spoon over the cooled tarts. Now it’s time to dig in!
Order delicious cherries from www.cherrytime.co.za to have them delivered to your door. They’re also available at Pick ‘n Pay and other select local stores.