Chocolate Cherry Sea Salt Cookies

These chewy little things have a lot of great things going for them:  chocolate, sea salt, olive oil and dried cherries.  Yum!

Makes about 16 cookies.

Chocolate Cherry Sea Salt Cookies

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon course salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup olive oil

2 eggs

1/2 cup dried cherries

pinches of maldon sea salt, for finishing

Whisk together cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir in olive oil and eggs.  When combined, fold in cherries.  Wrap and chill in fridge at least 3 hours.  

Once chilled, heat oven to 350 degrees.  Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough and roll into balls.  Sprinkle a bit of maldon sea salt on a plate and lightly touch the balls to the salt to pick it up.  Arrange on lined baking sheet with room for spreading during baking.  Bake immediatly, for about 10 minutes.  Let cool.  

 

Cherry Pie

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I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Part of mine was spent cherry picking at Darlymple Farm in Hector, NY.  It's a beautiful farm perched high on a hill over looking seneca lake.  After picking 10 lbs of cherries it was evident some baking had to be done.

Cherry Pie

for the crust: 

2 1/2 lbs all purpose flour

2 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed

2-6 tablespoons ice cold water

 

for the cherry filling: 

5 cups pitted fresh cherries

2 tablespoons cherry juice or cassis liquor

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons corn starch

 

for the egg wash: 

1 egg yolk

splash milk

In a bowl, whisk flour, sugar and salt together.  Add butter cubes and rub into flour with fingers until it resembles a course crumb.  Add tablespoons of water until mixture will hold together as a dough.  Divide dough in half and form each into discs.  Chill in fridge for 30 minutes.  Roll each out in between 2 sheets of lightly floured parchment paper.  Fit one into a greased 9 inch pie pan.  Cut the other into strips.  Set aside. 

Heat oven to 400 degrees and move rack to lowest position.  Place pitted cherries in  a bowl and strain, reserve 2 tablespoon of cherry juice.  In a small bowl, whisk together cherry juice, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch.  Toss with cherries.  Pour filling into prepared crust. 

Arrange pastry strips over pie, seal and trim edges. Whisk together egg yolk and milk, brush over pastry.  Bake 60 minutes.  If crust browns too fast cover with aluminum foil.   

Cool slightly before serving.   

 

Chocolate Cherry Pancakes

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I love brunch.  Any meal that allows for food that is clearly dessert to pass as a legitimate meal is ok with me!  This is one of those foods.  

If you find yourself out of buttermilk: add one tablespoon of white vinegar to one cup of milk and let it sit for ten minutes. 

Makes 7 large pancakes.  Enough for 2-4 people, depending on pancake appetite.   

Chocolate Cherry Pancakes 

1 cup cake flour (all purpose is fine, too) 

3 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 cup cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Add egg, buttermilk and coconut oil and mix until just combined.  Fold in cherries.  

Heat a skillet to medium heat and once hot.  Pour small ladlefuls of batter onto the skillet to form pancakes.  Cook about one minute on each side.  The edges will bubble when its ready to be flipped.  Cook in batches if needed.  

Serve hot with maple syrup, agave syrup, chocolate syrup or whipped cream for an indulgent breakfast or brunch.