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White chocolate dipped cherries

If you wander through the markets in Australia in December you’re sure to hear a fruit seller booming “The cherries are ripe!” across the stalls. Boxes of cherries line the aisles, ready to be given as Christmas gifts or simply to adorn the table in decoration, given their seasonally-appropriate hue.

Cherries are synonymous with Christmas and the relaxed living we assume during the Summer break. They are a fruit that encourages slowing down, given the whole pip situation, and the relatively little reward you get from each fruit. On a hot day, working your way through a bowl of cold cherries from the fridge, perhaps while watching the cricket on the TV, is an excellent past time if you’re in need of some peace.

I think we all need a little peace on Christmas Day, or at least a break from the heavy, rich food that is sure to be on the table. These chocolate-dipped cherries will provide both.

White chocolate dipped cherries

Cherries possess a floral, fruity flavour as well as a hint of nuttiness, from the almond-scented seed. This fruit and nut combo is a natural partner to creamy chocolate, and dunking the glossy, ripe fruit into a pool of molten white chocolate is a very satisfying brokering of that relationship.

I chose white chocolate to keep within the festive palette and added silver sugar pearls as ornamentation, because what’s a Christmas dessert without some bedazzling?

The chocolate-dipped cherries will look beautiful on the table during the meal, and can be served alongside other desserts as a decorative yet delicious accent that won’t weigh everyone down. I can also attest that they will be well received during morning tea at work.

White chocolate dipped cherries

Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate

Serves 6-8, takes about 20 minutes

Ingredients

2 big handfuls of cherries

150g white cooking chocolate

1 packet of silver sugar pearls

Method

Line a baking tray that will fit in your fridge with baking paper.

Melt chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a barely simmering saucepan of water. White chocolate can be trickier to melt than milk or dark, so watch it carefully because once it starts to burn, there’s no going back.

Dip the cherries into the melted chocolate a few times then place on the baking tray. While the chocolate is still wet, drop tiny pinches of sugar pearls onto the chocolate. You may have to pick up the cherry to get good coverage, though there’s no need for precision.

Place the cherries in the fridge until the chocolate is set.

Serve with an empty bowl, ready for the discarded pips.

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White chocolate dipped cherries

72 thoughts on “Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate

  1. Jess says:

    That’s an awesome idea!

  2. Susan says:

    My gosh, what utterly stunning photographs, and what a beautiful blog! Wonderful idea.

      1. sally says:

        my white chocolate was getting too thick so I added a tad of cream or half and half and now the white chocolate will not stick to cherries at all. Have any ideas to correct my white chocolate or should I buy new chips? Please let people know what to do when it gets to thick and not to use cream. Thanks

      2. Amelia says:

        Sorry to hear it Sally. White chocolate is very temperamental. Unfortunately the best approach is to start again, there’s no magic rescue for it. Good luck.

  3. Katie says:

    I love this idea for a dessert at this time of year. It is so elegant, especially the way you shot it, and healthy too. Thank you for sharing it.

  4. You’ve put together two of my father-in-laws favorites. I’ll have to file this away for a Father’s Day treat around here. I was surprised when a friend from Australia came over on the 4th of July and said it felt like Christmas… Cherries in the midst of winter would be a wonderful thing. Enjoy!

  5. How absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Very festive! They look like little ornaments!

  7. Beautiful pictures and what a great idea for small sweet bites! Red and white with silver looks so festive.

  8. those are SO beautiful! you and your superb eye…

  9. belinda says:

    totally inspired! so simple and so beautiful.

  10. Ann Mah says:

    What a beautiful dessert and presentation — I love the elegant silver dragées. And now that I know you all eat cherries for Christmas, it makes me long to come down to Australia for the holiday season more than EVER! :)

  11. Mary DiPietro says:

    Do you pit the cherries first?

    1. Amelia says:

      I didn’t, as I like the stalk coming out of the cherries to serve, and it also makes it easier to dip them in the chocolate.

      1. Leah says:

        You can remove the pit from the bottom and then stuff the hole with a white chocolate chip. Then proceed with the dipping.

      2. Amelia says:

        Double choc! Love it!

  12. Dennis Crook says:

    Both Toby & I love this one darling, I think it will adorn our table on Christmas day.
    Lots & lots of Luv
    Dad & Tobes

  13. Bernice says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  14. kimwardell says:

    So simple and pretty as usual! Wish cherries were in season here!

  15. Sue Zawacki says:

    Can you send me this recipe? They are beautiful!!!

  16. Lesley Ives says:

    Greetings from New Zealand. I did this for Christmas day and everyone was very impressed..Thanx

    1. Amelia says:

      I’m so pleased to hear that Lesley! Thanks for coming back and letting me know :)

  17. Ann Block says:

    Anyone know where to find the silver sugar pearls in the US? Have been looking for them for years.

  18. Spencer says:

    How awesome! They would be great for a wedding.

  19. Helena says:

    Hi! As a fellow food blogger, I noticed that someone has stolen your picture and recipe for Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate (unless you gave them permission). Here’s the link… it’s posted on Facebook.

    1. Amelia says:

      Oh wow. That doesn’t feel so good, especially given the fuss that seems to be happening there about copyright infringement. I’ve asked them to attribute my content with a link. Thanks for letting me know.

      1. You’re so welcome. I had seen the Cherries before, so I googled searched them and found your blog. They are really beautiful and I do believe that credit should be given, where credit is due!!

  20. Sharon says:

    How beautiful! It’s still early for cherries but there’s strawberries now, and this is a precious idea for my little girls princess party. Thank you :)

    1. Amelia says:

      A Princess party! Sounds fun.

  21. Marita long says:

    Great idea
    O

  22. I found you on Pinterest.. what a pretty dessert.. I’m thinking of trying these at Christmas too.. if I can find some cherries by then:)xx

    1. Amelia says:

      Good luck Barbara! We’ve got them in abundance in the Southern Hemisphere at Christmas.

  23. Hallie says:

    Do the cherries have pits in them?

    1. Amelia says:

      They do, as I wanted to keep the stalk on. But it could also work if the cherries were pitted.

  24. Reblogged this on Food and Everything Else and commented:
    Yum and so pretty! Perfect for Christmas.

  25. Stacey says:

    Looks yummy

  26. Lisa Shaw says:

    Are these your own pictures of the cherries? I see the first one all over Pinterest (and have even pinned it and blogged about it myself, http://goingforwardblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/read-the-recipe/), but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a source or credit for it. If it’s all yours, I shall correct my blog and Pinterest board right away!

    1. Amelia says:

      Hi Lisa! Yes, they are my original photos. There was a person claiming them as her own awhile ago, but I definitely shot them (and ate them, as well as the left over melted white chocolate!).

      1. Lisa Shaw says:

        I am hastening to make corrections now. I wish I’d pinned the appropriately credited pic in the first place so that I didn’t ruin my batch, LOL. ;-)

        Also, I know I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: You take beautiful food pics. :-)

  27. sally says:

    I have gone to like 4 stores here in St. Paul, MN and finally found them at Byerlys/Lunds Grocery stores. Look at your finer stores.

  28. sally says:

    I have been making these for the past few hours and only have six made. The white chocolate gets too thick any suggestions. The first bag of chips when melted and too thick I added a tablespoon of Half & Half DON’T do that, had to toss. Next batch I put in microwave and burnt the heck out of the chips. My 3rd and last bag has melted and now too thick. Any suggestions to thin the melted chips out. These are harder than they look to make. I have to rest now and wait for anyone’s reply. Thanks

    1. Amelia says:

      Hi Sally. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having problems. Water is not the friend of melted chocolate, so make sure your cherries are completely dry, and that no water is getting into the bowl when you’re melting the chocolate. You could try adding some cooking oil. I haven’t tried it, but this technique might work: http://www.ehow.com/how_5793674_thin-melted-chocolate-cooking-oil.html

    2. Hi Sally. First of all, be sure you start with QUALITY white chocolate. Now, if you microwave (as opposed to a double broiler), microwave at 30 second increments, stirring in between until the chocolate has melted. White chocolate is not as easy to work with as milk. Dip as quickly as possible, then stir in some vegetable oil to keep the chocolate nice and smooth. That should work! Good luck.

  29. These look (and we best taste) DIVINE! Thank you for the inspiration.

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