I was so excited when I opened the mail the other day and saw that my latest shipment of Walkers shortbread included some Stem Ginger cookies. Along with Highlanders, they’re my very favorites! They have a really assertive ginger flavor, and are kind of like the best, butteriest gingersnaps ever. As tempted as I was to just eat them, I decided that I really wanted to make a recipe combining them with pears. The pear-ginger combination is just so perfect for fall.
Working title: The Awesomest Cherry Preserves Ever Made in the History of the Whole Wide World.
Seriously, I haven’t been this excited to post a recipe in a very, very long time. And while these cherry-filled pastries are unbelievably delicious, it’s only because the filling itself it so stellar. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors, with just th slightest hint of almond – not so much that you’d be able to identify it if you didn’t know it was there, but enough to make you pause and wonder what the mystery ingredient is.
Tuck a spoonful of preserves inside some puff pastry and brush it with a vanilla bean infused egg wash, and you’ll have a homemade pastry to rival those from your favorite bakery. Or skip the pastry and eat the cherries on an English muffin, over ice cream, or with a spoon. It’s your call but, whatever you do, you won’t be disappointed.