Sweet Holiday Combo: Chocolate and Cherries

The weather is getting colder, we've got soups on the brain, and for dessert... deep, dark chocolate. We love chocolate paired with raspberries, but this time of year it seems more wintry and festive to add dried or preserved cherries instead. We've rounded up some decadent recipes, below...

Of course, there's the Black Forest cake that's traditionally chocolate cake with a cherry filling and whipped cream topping. Unfortunately, it's reputation has been sullied by so many over-sugared, jelly-filled interpretations at delis. But the chocolate-cherry combination is still a classic.

This time of year, fresh cherries are not in season, but dried ones are a perfect, concentrated flavor that stands up well to chocolate. And preserved sour cherries are great for a not-too-sweet dessert (maybe paired with bittersweet chocolate). Then there's always kirsch, cherry liqueur that you can pour into anything from boozy mousse to pie filling.

Recipes to check out:

Related: Bittersweet Baking 2008 Winner! Candied Kumquat and Bittersweet Chocolate Cherry Mini Galettes

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