Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sour Cherry Shortcake, Goat Cheese Cream on Top

Since I have so many great photos, I’m going to do things a little differently with this post. With only a few poetic words, I’m going to tell my story through images--like A Cook’s Book picture book. How artsy of me, I know. A short explanation of the dish follows.

I visited the Farmers' Market and what did I see? 
Beautiful sour cherries, that seemed to say, "Pick me!"

So gorgeous and glossy, they didn’t look real
I wondered: do they make this color in heels?

I grabbed them, paid, and stowed them away
I could hardly wait to get in my kitchen and play.

Then I found goat cheese, but what are those specks?
Fresh ground black pepper and lemon zest flecks!

From one of the smiling vendors all lined in a row,
I bought a cute lemon sour cream pound cake, wrapped with a bow.

When I got home and looked at my loot;
There were berries and cherries and veggies that root.

A huge bunch of carrots, bright orange and fun;
I brought them home to share with my bun.

There were squash and herbs that smelled like perfume
What on earth would I make or do?

I took a moment to sit and smell the flowers
With so many ideas I could sit there for hours.

All of my thoughts went back to those gems,
Those bright red cherries, with their long slender stems.

A cherry shortcake is what I decided,
Where cherry compote, pound cake and goat cheese collided.

A twist on a classic and I liked it a lot;
Sour cherry shortcake, goat cheese cream on top.

The goat cheese cream for this shortcake was really experimental. In the electric mixer, I added sour cream, confectioner’s sugar and butter to the black pepper and lemon goat cheese. My goal was to sweeten the goat cheese without losing its great flavor, while also creating a more stable, whipped consistency. In the end, the cream tasted good but could have been a little thicker.

Now that I think about it, perhaps the goat cheese didn’t need to be sweetened at all. If I had more, it would probably have tasted just as good, if not better, to just whip it smooth and lay it on thick between the layers of pound cake and sour cherry compote.

I’ve provided the recipe for the compote. With a little bit of Grand Manier added at the end, it is delicious. If not used in shortcake, it can also be enjoyed over ice cream or yogurt, and even on savory chicken and pork dishes.

Sour Cherry Compote:
Yield: 1 cup
- 1 pint sour cherries, stemmed and cleaned over a bowl to catch any juice
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Grand Manier or other orange-flavored liquor
• In a medium sauce pot, mix sugar and cornstarch together, then add water and mix until smooth. Add cherries and any juice to the pot and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil for 2 minutes then drain cherries in a sieve set over a bowl and set aside.
• Return the juice to the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened. At the last minute, stir in the Grand Manier. Pour syrup over the cherries and cool.


lostpastremembered said...

Utterly charming... and I now have a crush on your bunny... what a beauty!
Very original idea to cream up goat cheese. Pepper and strawberries are great together... I'm envisioning pepper with cherries now and loving it.
great post and poetry!!!

Rosemary said...

Very clever post! And, you're right, great pictures! Sounds like you had one great Ffarmers' market day!

Faith said...

This is such a cute post, I love how you told the story through pictures! Those have to be the prettiest cherries I've ever seen, and what a great use for them!

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

This looks so delicious! New follower! xoxo

Trix said...

This was so much fun to read!! So original, and a great dish to boot. And thank you for showing us your adorable little bub bun! said...

That looks delicious and your pics are fantastic! I didn't know you had a bunny - very sweet - But most of all I love the goat cheese and cherries... awesome idea! hope you are well! - Megan

Amy said...

This sounds amazing! I love chevre, and even better that you used it with a shortcake and with delicious cherries! Beautiful photos as well!

Magic of Spice said...

What a whimsical post...just wonderful! And the shortcake looks totally luscious, the goat cheese is an extraordinary and lovely twist :)

Claudia said...

I am loving the way you use the goat cheese in this recipe - it's such a versatile cheese to be played with. Love sour cherries and the closest place I can find them is in Michigan. Fun post!

5 Star Foodie said...

A very nice twist on a classic shortcake with goat cheese and cherries! I've been making a lot of strawberry shortcakes this season and now definitely need to make one with cherries!

Victoria said...

Fun interpretation of the challenge! Your cherry photos especially are lovely! Great shortcake, I'm sure the goat cheese (sweetened or not) is a fun alternative to regular cream :)

Lazaro Cooks said...

Smart, cute, charming, marvelous post. You did have some awesome photos. Great flavor profile with the lemon & pepper. Creative dish for sure.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

A fabulous twist on traditional strawberry shortcake! Got to admit, I don't often cook or bake with cherries but this looks so delicious and I would actually prefer goat cheese over whipped cream. Loved how you told the story through pictures - adorable post :)

Karen said...

Love the photos! Looks like a fun trip to the market. And your compote sounds fantastic. You're right about the's just gorgeous and would be perfect on a pair of heels!

Lori Lynn said...

Super sweet post.
Love your little bun.

Table Talk said...

When I find sour cherries at the market it's hard to not eat all of them before I make it home. Will have to set aside a few to make these shortcakes-- love them!

Adelina said...

This looks out of this world!!! I love sour cherries... not sure if you have had the jam and it's great.
I love your photos and this is better than strawberry shortcake anytime. oh... and love the recipe... so little directions.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

I really love your creativity for this recipe with an unusual but delicious paring. And such a beautiful way to present your post :-)

Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ said...

what a great way to tell the story of your farmers' market creation! so off the cuff. i loved it! and great dessert! loving the pound cake! and cherries!

angela@spinachtiger said...

Not only fun, gorgeous and delicious, but a very clever idea to take that muffin to make the short cake. Love it.

Tanantha said...

I do make that color on heels, Marisa! I have a pair hehe. Your bunny is super cute! My friend mentioned cherry to me when I asked for advice but I didn't know what to do with it. Those cherries are beautiful. Whipping up goat cheese sounds like a cool idea! The shortcake sounds terrific!

Daily Spud said...

Aw, love your pictures and rhymes, just too cute for words :) And I love the idea of goats cheese and sour cherries, definitely an intriguing combination.