I LOVE CHERRIES!!!! They are my all-time favourite food. Nothing makes me happier than cherry season. Given their price they are an indulgence to be savoured. I don't bake the them or use them in any cooked dishes; I think they are perfect on their own. The one exception is this divine citrus dipping sauce. It turns an ordinary bowl of cherries into a decadent (but healthy!) dessert.
When it comes to using cashews in recipes like this, a lot of people recommend soaking the cashews, for an hour or even overnight. That's all well and good if you have the time go ahead - it will soften them and give them a creamier texture. But if you have a high speed blender like a Vitamix you can simply keep blending until you have your desired creamy, dreamy texture.
2 cups raw unsalted cashews
Juice of 2 oranges
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener - honey or a few drops of liquid Stevia)
Place all ingredients into Vitamix or other high speed blender.
Blend until a smooth, creamy texture is achieved. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water or freshly-squeezed orange juice.
Serve with a big platter of divine fresh cherries and enjoy!