Why It Works
- Leaving the cherry pits whole is a simple, safe, and easy way to enjoy their flavor.
- A long cold steep extracts maximum flavor while preserving a sense of freshness.
- The relatively high proportion of sugar adds stability, allowing the whipped cream to stay fluffy for days at a time.
Make the most of your cherry-pitting efforts by saving those pits! Instead of tossing them in the trash, toss them in the fridge with some cream. Cold-steeped for a few hours or even overnight, they'll give your next batch of whipped cream a delicate cherry flavor and color (although the intensity will depend entirely on the quality of your fruit). It's a fantastic complement to all-American cherry pie, or an elegant garnish for any summer dessert.
- 2 1/2 ounces cherry pits (1/4 cup; 70g), from 2 pounds (1kg) whole cherries (see note)
- 8 ounces heavy cream (1 cup; 255g)
- 2 ounces sugar (1/4 cup; 70g)
- 1/8 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use half as much
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, optional
Combine cherry pits and cream in an airtight container and refrigerate between 4 and 24 hours. When you're ready to proceed, strain cream into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add sugar and salt, along with almond extract (if using), and whip to soft peaks. This can be done with a hand mixer as well. Enjoy immediately as a garnish for waffles and dessert, or refrigerate up to 1 week in an airtight container. If cream deflates over that time, re-whip before serving.
Nonreactive mesh strainer or cheesecloth, handheld or stand mixer
Don't think of this as a recipe so much as a rough guideline, as it can easily be adapted to accommodate whatever quantity of pits you have left over from other baking projects. Many pies and jams call for 2 pounds of fruit, leading to my estimation below.