Cherry Relleno (Macadamia Stuffed Cherries) (raw, GF, vegan)
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These little packages of joy are a take off of the Cherry Relleno (Almond Stuffed Cherries) recipe.
I would love to see a macadamia nut-tree. They are large, spreading evergreen trees reaching 30 to 40 ft. high and almost as wide. That would have been a tree climbing dream of mine growing up! The leaves are 8 to 11 inches in length and occur usually in whorls of 3. Macadamia nuts have a very hard seed coat enclosed in a green husk that splits open as the nut matures. It holds a creamy white kernel containing up to 80% oil and 4% sugar. Due to their high fat content it is important to store them properly so they don’t go rancid. I store mine in a mason jar and keep it in the freezer.
These orbs of scrumptiousness will have your taste buds a dancing! The flavors of all three components are mild on their own but together they sing in harmony. The slight sweetness, the pairing of the crunchy texture of the nut and the chewiness of the dried cherry will cause an orgasmic explosion in your mouth. Yes, mom, I said the word “orgasmic” on my blog. lol Before I get to blushing too much, let’s go ahead and take a look at the recipe. :)
- Wash, remove the stems and pits from the cherries. Here I used Bing Cherries. They will need to be large enough to house a macadamia nut!
- Stuff a macadamia nut into each cherry. Place the stuffed cherry on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator.
- Dehydrate at 145 degrees for 1 hour, then reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and continue to dry for approximately 24 hours or until dry. Remove and allow them to cool to room temperature.
- If making this raw – Prepare the hardening chocolate recipe.
- If using store-bought chocolate chips –
- Melting in the microwave – pour 1/2 of the bag of chips into a DRY glass bowl. Melt on 30 second intervals, stirring in between each round. Do this about 3x (this will depend on your microwave). Don’t melt 100%, the heat of the melted chocolate will help to melt the last remaining ones. This will assure that you don’t overheat the chocolate which will result in lumpy chocolate.
- Melting in double boiler – Bring the water to a simmer, pour the bag of chocolate chips into your double boiler. Stir constantly, once most of the chocolate chips are melted reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Continue stirring until all of the chocolate is melted. Be careful that you don’t allow any moisture into the pan, this will cause your chocolate to seize. Once melted, turn the heat off and start dipping your cherries.
- Dip each dried stuffed cherry into the chocolate, coating it well, tap off the excess chocolate. I use a small fork as a platform to hold the cherry, tap it on the side of the bowl, scrap the bottom the fork with the edge of the spatula and slide the cherry onto the tray with a toothpick. Place on a solid surface (etc. cutting board, tray, teflex sheet, wax paper).
- Allow the chocolate to harden. DO NOT place in the fridge to harden. The moisture can cause white streaks on your chocolate. Place them in a cool spot of the house to harden.
- Store in an airtight container.
Above: This is the after effect of the dehydration process. Odd looking picture I know but I really didn’t know how to make them pretty at this stage. haha
Above – I used a small fork to dip each cherry, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. Gently tap the fork on the side of the glass bowl to shake off any excess chocolate. I then scrapped the bottom of the fork with the edge of the spatula to wipe away any drizzling chocolate. Place on a lined tray.
Above : Un-huh!! The Snack Bandit struck yet again. haha Store your chocolate covered cherries not only in a COOL place, but also in a safe place away from snack bandits. haha