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Amaretto Cherries with Dumplings Recipe

Amaretto Cherries with Dumplings Recipe

You can't beat the combination of almond flavor with cherries. These light and fluffy dumplings are heavenly. Topped with the sauce and ice cream, it makes for a scrumptious dessert.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7-3/4 hours YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) pitted tart cherries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • DUMPLINGS:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • 1. Drain cherries, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Place cherries in a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. In a small bowl, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in reserved juice until smooth. Stir into cherries. Cook, covered, on high 7 hours. Drizzle amaretto over cherry mixture.
  • 3. For dumplings, in a small bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon peel and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk and melted butter. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  • 4. Drop by tablespoonfuls on top of hot cherry mixture. Cook, covered, 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of dumplings comes out clean. If desired, serve warm with ice cream. Yield: 6 servings.