Classic Cherry Delight

The Classic Cherry Feeling: A Dessert Recipe for Timeless Pleasure

Classic Cherry Delight

Cherries have always been the crowning jewel of many desserts. Their vibrant color and sweet-tart flavor make them irresistible. When combined with a velvety cream cheese layer and a buttery graham cracker crust, it creates the perfect dessert experience. Today, I’m thrilled to share the exact recipe for the classic cherry feeling—a dessert that evokes memories, delights the senses, and keeps friends and family coming back for more.

Classic Cherry Feeling Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8-10

Assembly:

  1. Graham Cracker Base: Start by melting your butter and crushing the graham crackers. Combine with granulated sugar and press firmly into your chosen dish. Chill to set.
  2. Cream Cheese Layer: Whip the cream cheese until soft and airy. Gradually fold in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Whipping Cream Addition: In a separate bowl, whip the cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold this into the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Cherry Topping: Evenly spread the cherry pie filling over the creamy layer.

Ingredients:

For the Skin:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (roughly equivalent to 9 whole crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Topping:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipping cream (8 ounces)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling (21 ounces)

Instructions:

Preparing the Graham Cracker Skin:

  1. Melt the Butter: In a small saucepan, melt the 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter over low heat. Keep an eye on it to avoid burning.
  2. Crush the Crackers: Place the graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, place the crackers in a zip-top bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
  3. Combine and Press: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar. Stir until the mixture resembles wet sand. Transfer this mixture to a pie dish or a tart pan and press it evenly across the bottom and up the sides. This forms your crust or “skin”.
  4. Chill: Place the pie dish in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to allow the crust to firm up.

Preparing the Cream Cheese Topping:

  1. Beat the Cream Cheese: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy.
  2. Add Sugar and Vanilla: Gradually add the powdered sugar to the cream cheese while continuing to beat. Mix until well combined. Stir in the pure vanilla extract.
  3. Whip the Cream: In a separate mixing bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  4. Combine: Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well combined.
  5. Spread: Take your pie dish with the chilled graham cracker crust out of the refrigerator. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust evenly.
  6. Top with Cherries: Pour the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer, spreading it out to ensure even coverage.

Final Touches:

  • Place your Classic Cherry Feeling dessert in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight for best results.
  • Before serving, you can optionally garnish with some fresh cherries or a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs to add an extra touch of elegance.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Chill and Slice: Ensure the Classic Cherry Feeling is well-chilled before slicing to maintain its structure.
  • Garnish: Fresh cherries, a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs, and a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce can elevate its presentation.
  • Pairing: Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for added richness

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • Can I use homemade cherry filling?
    Absolutely! Homemade fillings often have a fresher taste.
  • How long can I store this dessert?
    It’s best consumed within 2-3 days when stored in the refrigerator.
  • Can I use a different fruit filling?
    Yes, blueberry or strawberry fillings also pair beautifully with this recipe.
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