Cherry Upside -Down Cake

Cherry Upside -Down Cake from Rustic Fruit Desserts

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Apple-Cherry Pie

Apple-Cherry Pie

In a fit of wanting to use up straggling pantry items, I made the laziest pie ever: a pre-made graham cracker crust, filled with a mixture of one can each of apple and cherry pie filling:

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Cherry Bliss Brownies

Lucky Leaf’s Cherry Bliss Brownies

These are a swirl of cherry cheesecake and brownies, all in one bar.  I made these in an attempt to use up a jar of maraschino cherries and block of cream cheese in my fridge.  Of course, this is a typical modern recipe built on convenience and selling convenience products–so it called for a box of brownie mix, which I don’t tend to keep around.  But I was able to stir up my own brownie mix with a few ingredients, as directed in this brownie mix recipe from Fake-It Frugal.  I substituted drained maraschino cherries for the pie filling with great success.

The homemade brownie mix–there’s really no reason to ever buy a mix when it’s so simple to make your own!

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The cheesecake and brownie layers swirled together, just before baking:

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The finished brownies–cheesecake, cherries and brownie all in one bite!

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Cherry Toffy

Cherry Toffy, “mistakenly adapted” from Martha Stewart’s Cherry Tuiles

I have an admission: my baking is not perfect!  Sometimes I end up with a bag fat FAIL when I try something new.  Sometimes I end up with something completely different than what I intended, but still interesting and tasty just the same.

Fortunately this recipe turned out in this latter category.  I think I made the cookies from this recipe too large when I dropped them onto the baking sheet so they all melted together into one gooey sheet.  Once they cooled, I just ripped the layer of goo off the baking sheet and broke it up into bite-sized pieces.

They were good, but definitely not what Martha intended with this recipe!  The bits were a cross between toffee and taffy, hence my dubbing them “toffy” (“taffee” seemed too cutesy.)  Dried cherries stud the candy and taste great with the buttery caramel flavor of the resulting candy.

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