First Kiss Cupcakes

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These cupcakes look delicious, and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat!

The perfect way to celebrate National Cherry Month!

Here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, our bakery is closed up tightly for the winter, but our homes are bustling with baking, cooking and all kinds of fun!  Winter in Door County is a busy time, but a different kind of busy than the summer season.  We are always thinking about cherries however, no matter what time of year it is!

The recipe is below.  It may look long and complicated, but it’s really quite simple, and very delicious!

Enjoy the cupcakes!

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Ingredients

CHOCOLATE CAKE:
1 cup cocoa
2 cups boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
Paper baking cups
Vegetable cooking spray
24 milk chocolate kisses

CHERRY FROSTING:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons cherry jam
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

TOPPINGS:
24 red maraschino cherries (with stems)

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
1 cup whipping cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cocoa and 2 cups boiling water in a large heatproof bowl, stirring until blended and smooth; cool completely. Beat butter with a mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate extract.

Place paper baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not cool.
While cupcakes are still warm, press 1 chocolate kiss into the center of each. Let cool completely.
To prepare cherry frosting, beat first 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy. Makes 3 cups.
Frost each cupcake with Cherry Frosting.

To prepare ganache, cook cream in a heavy non aluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until it begins to steam (do not boil); remove from heat. Place chocolate in a glass bowl. Slowly add hot cream to chocolate, beating with a whisk until chocolate melts and mixture is well blended. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Makes about 2 cups.
Dip cherries in Chocolate Ganache, and place 1 on top of each cupcake.

(recipe from southern living.com)

 

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This isn’t Kansas!

No Ice Cream on Cherry Pie???

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At one time, it was illegal to put ice cream on top of cherry pie in Kansas!  We don’t know why that law existed, but we here at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market Bakery are definitely glad those good folks in Kansas can enjoy eating cherry pie alamode. It’s almost the best way! If not ice cream, whipped cream will do….. or plain isn’t bad either……

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Always remember, eating cherry pie isn’t a fattening thing to do, it’s a healthy thing to do, because cherries are so darn good for you!  We raise all the cherries we use in our bakery right here at Seaquist Orchards, in beautiful Door County Wisconsin!

National Cherry Month!

It’s National Cherry Month!  We love February!

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It’s National Cherry Month! It seems to come every February, doesn’t it? We thought it would be fun to share news, fun facts, and even fictional information regarding cherries. You may need this info some day!

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The view down Seaquist Road may look a bit dreary today, but we don’t mind it!  Our cherries are resting, getting ready for another summer bursting with cherries, hopefully!

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Do you know the name of the most popular tart cherry? It makes up about 95% of the tart cherries in the world, with the Morello coming in a very distant second. It’s the Montmorency cherry!  If you intend to do some baking, these tart cherries are the ones to use, because they have such a wonderful flavor! Here in Door County, Wisconsin, we at Seaquist Orchards raise Montmorency cherries, and lots of them! We have them fresh, when it’s cherry season, and frozen in a variety of sizes at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. We also put them into our jams, pie fillings, and salsas at Seaquist Canning, along with pies, doughnuts, and other baked goods, not to mention our smoothies too! They are delicious!

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National Cherry Month! Even in Nashville!

It’s National Cherry Month! Wahoo!  Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in beautiful Door County Wisconsin loves National Cherry Month, and cherries!

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Here’s our cherry tidbit for today: Juicy Fruit has come out with 2 starburst flavors, and one of them is CHERRY! Way to go Juicy Fruit!

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National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #28

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #28

This is it!  The last fact!

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The Seaquist family LOVES cherries – that’s a fact!  🙂

Remember to come to Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in friendly Door County Wisconsin!  We open for the 2013 season on May 15, 2013, – but you can order online at http://www.seaquistorchards.com – any day, any time!

We hope you have enjoyed these cherry facts.  Keep your eyes peeled for other interesting info here at http://www.seaquistorchardesfarmmarket.wordpress.com

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #27

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #27

You may have read some of these facts previously on this blog, – but one of them is really worth repeating.

Which one?  The cherry pie filling one, in particular!

•Cherry pie filling is the number one pie filling sold in the US.

•Tart cherries contain 19 times the of beta carotene of blueberries and strawberries.

•They are also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E and also provide potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and fiber.

•Tart cherries are one of the few known food sources of melatonin. Melatonin is an antioxidant that helps regulate our circadian rhythms and natural sleep patterns.

•A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that tart cherries ranked 14 in the top 50 foods for highest antioxidant content per serving size—surpassing red wine, prunes, dark chocolate and orange juice. (from http://www.wherefoodcomesfrom.com)

 

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Remember, – you can order cherry pie filling year round at http://www.seaquistorchards.com.  Seaquist Orchards Farm Market will open its doors for the 2013 season on May 15, 2013.  The snow will have all melted by then, and you will be able to come on in and purchase pie filling right off the shelves.  We are busy making filling right now at Seaquist Canning.  If you are in the area, you are welcome to watch our products being made, all winter long, at our new production facility, in Door County Wisconsin.

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #26

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #26

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If you lined up all of the Seaquist cherry trees north to south, how far would they extend?  Well – this may not be an actual fact, – but we think it’s pretty close.  They would extend down towards southern Illinois!!!

But – we still do have a few cherries up here in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market.  Order online at http://www.seaquistorchards.com, and Tom will ship them to you just as quickly as you can say, “Cherries!”

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #24

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #24

Cherry pitters!  Cherry pitters have been around for many years.  Check out the photo on our Facebook page – that’s a really old one!  This Push Button Cherry Pitter is the one we sell at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, in Door County Wisconsin.  We think it’s the best one out there!  You can order one at http://www.seaquistorchards.com.  Why not get one in honor of National Cherry Month?

Tomorrow – we’ll have another recipe for you!

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National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #23

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #23

Please laugh at this……..  🙂

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Knock Knock


Who’s there ?


Cherry !


Cherry who ?


Cherry oh, see you later !

 (from http://www.jokebhudda.com)

We’ll see you in the spring, – Seaquist Orchards Farm Market will open in sunny Door County, Wisconsin on May 15, 2013.  Until then, you can find delicious cherry products at http://www.seaquistorchards.com

Cherry Oh!

 

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #22

National Cherry Month “Interesting Cherry Fact” #22

Although George Washington was indeed very fond of cherries, and cherry pies, which incidentally, he did not eat with wooden teeth, he did not chop down that cherry tree. (from http://www.thequestingfeast.com)

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For generations, American school children hung classrooms with red-paper hatchets and cherries to honor the first President on his February 22 birthday. Through all those years, kids were told George Washington couldn’t tell a lie and when asked by his father Augustine who had “barked” a cherry tree, the six-year old confessed that he did it with his little hatchet and he admitted it because he “could not tell a lie.” Then, it wasn’t long before we were told that, like Santa Claus, it was just a well-intentioned myth. (from http://www.Carlanthonyonline.com)

We will likely never know the whole story about George and cherries, – but you CAN know that we are running a special at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market, in Door County, Wisconsin –  right now – on dried cherries!  Order at http://www.seaquistorchards.com.