Sour Cherry is my favorite fruit. Their unique sweet and sour taste and deep color makes it perfect for so many dishes or just for enjoying raw. I remember going with my mother early morning to the Farmers Market in the end of June and almost whole month of July and there were pails of Sour Cherries of many sorts, colors and taste; sweeter or more sour. We would buy one pail and at home start working; we preserved them in their own juice, cooked preserves, baked pies, and even cooked in dumplings (Vareniki). Here is one of many varieties of summer desserts using Sour Cherries. Kissel is a traditional Russian summer dessert. It can be made of fresh or dried fruit and berries or syrups and juice and also milk and almonds. For fruit and berries Kissel is used potato starch; it allows Kissel to maintain the beautiful color of fruits and berries, and also keeps it clear. For milk and almond better to use cornstarch that makes the consistency tender and smooth. Kissel is usually is accompanied by sweetened whipped cream or sour cream.
What you will need
2 cups pitted Sour Cherries, fresh or frozen
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons potato starch dissolved in ¾ cup cold red wine
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup good quality red wine