There was a time when I was a youngster, I didn’t like cherry pie. Or pretty much cherry anything. I couldn’t really “get it” because I love cherries so it would stand to reason I should love things made with cherries. I was boggled. Until once, when I was just a kid, about 19, a neighbor dropped off a paper grocery bag full of cherries from her tree and I needed to do something with them. Even then, I knew what a precious gift that was! And so came about abut my Home-made Cherry Pie Filling.
Every spring I hafta make this coffee cake and this is not just any old coffee cake, it’s my Rhubarb Coffee Cake with a Vanilla Streusel and to top it all off, a Vanilla Sauce. Did you get all that? It’s a one, two, three punch of sweet tart goodness.
One of my summer/fall favorites is this marvelous Sour Cherry Compote. It’s a little sweet, a little tart and goes so well with so many things. I often make up a batch and can or freeze so I have it to pull out in the winter, too.