I made some Chocolate Covered Cherries this week. I've been meaning to make them for a long time, but they are supposed to take two weeks to cure and get really tasty.
But I remembered this time, it's just over two weeks til Christmas, which means they'll have time to get all nice and gooey and tasty inside.
Here's the recipe and my how to's.
To start with you need a jar of Maraschino Cherries.
1 jar of Maraschino Cherries, drained, reserving the liquid
Drain the cherries well, and place on a piece of paper towel to make sure most of the liquid is gone. They need to be quite dry for the next step.
Next up, you need to make a basic fondant. This isn't a true fondant, but it's close enough for this purpose. The fondant covers the cherries before you put the chocolate over it all.
16 oz. of chocolate, or chocolate bark. I used some Semi-sweet and some Milk Chocolate
2 -3 cups Confectioners sugar (more if needed)
2 tablespoons softened butter
2-3 tablespoons Maraschino Cherry Juice**
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons golden or light Corn Syrup
Mix the butter, cherry juice, corn syrup and sugar together in the bowl of your kitchenaid or mixer. Mix til well blended, then add the vanilla extract. It should look fairly dry.
Next up, cut or portion off the fondant into equal amounts, I rolled them into a ball, about the size of the cherries.
Continue until all of the cherries have been covered with the fondant. Place the cherries into the fridge or freezer for a couple of hours to firm up. I put mine in the freezer overnight.
I had to cut into one of them so I could do a quality control taste test.
I did say I had adventures.
I wanted to show how thin you should pat the circles of fondant out to wrap the cherries in. Well, seconds after taking this picture the fondant fell, to the floor, and became an offering to the kitchen goddess.
That didn't stop me though, I had lots of fondant left and I kept on until every cherry was covered in this pink stuff.
And talk about making a mess. sigh.
All that effort will be worth it in just over a week, if I can wait that long.