Summer's harvest has begun, and enjoying local produce is a splendid treat! This week we are enjoying Rainier cherries. Their red and golden colors appeal to the sense of sight, and their taste is oh, so yummy! Their delicate sweetness makes them one of my favorite fruits. Usually we eat them 'plain' or 'out of hand', but for added flavor and to make them a little more festive, here's a recipe for a yummy minted syrup that you can enjoy with them or other summer fruits.
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, snipped
1/2 cup mint-flavored apple jelly
2 Tbsp. water
3 cups assorted fresh fruits, cut into bite size pieces
Sprinkle sugar on mint leaves in a small bowl. Allow to stand for one hour. Melt jelly in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in the mint-sugar mixture and water. Chill.
Arrange cherries or other fruits in a parfait cups or pretty bowls. Spoon mint syrup on each serving. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
*This syrupy sauce is also delicious served with oranges and grapefruit; sliced bananas; pineapple wedges; apricots; peaches; fresh berries; and coconut.