I wanted to make a roasted cherry milkshake but a) I didn't have ice cream, b) I didn't want to wait until later in the day, and c) I am trying to remember that I can't eat milkshakes every day. So, smoothie it was! —fiveandspice
fresh sweet cherries like Bing or Rainier (sour cherries would also be good but you'd need more sugar)
star anise, whole
cinnamon stick, whole
For the roasted cherry smoothie:
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a cup (or a couple of cups) and serve!
For the spiced roasted cherries:
Wash the cherries and remove their stems but leave the pits in for roasting, as this will give them a fuller flavor. Heat your oven to 400° F. Toss the cherries with the sugar and spices, spread them in a thick layer in a baking dish, and sprinkle the water over top.
Bake in the oven until soft and bubbling, around 20 to 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature, then remove and discard the pit from each cherry. Store the pitted cherries and their juices in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. They should keep for 4 to 5 days, at least.