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Cherry Cinnamon Dessert Ring

 Cherry Cinnamon Dessert Ring
When I received a 20-lb. box of cherries as a gift one time, I decided to experiment with them—and this turned out to be the successful outcome! I enter the Domestic Science Division of our annual Fall Fair each year. At a recent one, three recipes I'd found in Country Woman netted me ribbons.
20 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 3-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • Sweetened whipped cream

Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine cherries with 3 cups of water, sugar and
  • cinnamon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in extract. Set aside. Place remaining
  • water in a saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand 1
  • minute. Heat until dissolved. Stir into cherry mixture and mix well.
  • Refrigerate until mixture begins to thicken, stirring occasionally
  • to distribute cherries evenly. Spoon into a 5-1/2-cup ring mold.
  • Refrigerate until set, about 3-4 hours. Turn onto a serving platter.
  • Serve with whipped cream. Yield: 20 servings.