The famed Cherry Blossom Festival got underway this week in Washington, D.C., and, thanks to this year’s early spring, the blossoms had already passed their peak. It’s been “snowing” cherry blossoms for the last several days as the blossoms flutter to the ground.
But, fortunately for us, Food Channel photographer David Nehmer got a jump on things and visited the nation’s capitol a week ahead of the festival and captured some stunning images of the blooms at their best.
This year’s festival marks the 100th anniversary of the gift of the first trees by the mayor of Tokyo, as a token of friendship between Japan and the United States. A few more than 100 of the original 3,000 trees survive. The rest have been replaced by the Japanese government or grown from the original trees’ genetic line.
Of course, looking at the photos of the spectacular cherry blossoms in full bloom got us to thinking about—what else?—food. Namely, some of our favorite cherry-related recipes.
We sifted through our files and came up with a quartet of yummy cherry choices. Hey, if you can’t be there for the festival, at least you stop and taste some cherries.
Royal Anne Cherry Sauce. Great for a savory taste of cherry over chicken or pork.
Brandied Cherry Sauce. This luscious sauce is marvelous over ice cream, or can be drizzled over cheesecake, or…whatever. It’s amazing.
Sour Cherry Almond Bars. This easy dessert bar—or you can call it a cookie—combines the craveable qualities of chewy, crunchy, salty, sweet and sour. Wow, they’re good.
Cherry Pecan Bread. This would be lovely as part of your Easter breakfast or brunch. Delicious and not too decadent.
Cherry-Filled Pancakes. These light, fluffy pancakes are filled with dried cherries that have been soaked in an orange juice-sugar syrup. The liquid is then reduced and drizzled over the pancakes just before serving.
Cherry Cake. Perfect for brunch or dessert.
Old Square Inn Cherry Cobbler. Buttery goodness . . . and so easy to make you’ll serve it every chance you get!
Cherry Filled Cake. Enough said. Time to start baking!
See more of our great recipes and tips by searching “cherry.”