My original idea was to make a pie out of them, but with some careful practice recipe testing using the same volume of frozen (less precious and expensive!) cherries, I came up short. I tried a version using apples as a supporting filling, but it just didn't blow me away enough to risk baking away the entire $49 jar of cherries and dumbing it down with another fruit.
So my advice to the winners of this prize is to enjoy them slowly. Dress your pies with a few spoonfuls, stir some into whipped cream, use the syrup as a base for a champagne cocktail, or use your mixer or a strong arm to incorporate some into ice cream, then refreeze and serve as a delicious dessert on its own.
• Zingerman's Italian Wild Cherries ($49, 750g)