These cherries took a little bit longer to dry out than my typical batch of apples. (they are composed of more water volume, which is why it takes longer) This is them after about 6 hours at 145F.
This is them an additional 2 hours later (8 hours total)...
For the last two hours, I cranked (and when I say cranked, I mean cranked :) ) the temperature another 5 degrees. 10 hours later...here is the final product:
They looked a lot like raisins. I still can't believe how much fruit (in general) shrinks down when it's dehydrated. A pound of cherries turned into a few handfuls of shriveled little nummys.
Although these cherries are perfectly scrumptious to eat solo, they are even better in a batch of homemade Pistachio Cherry Granola.
Holy crunchy heaven. I adore pistachio nuts. I just wish they weren't so dang expensive. Thank goodness for Trader Joe's, right?
Pistachio Cherry Granola Ingredients -3C rolled oats -1C dried cherries -2T flax seed meal -1/2C sunflower seeds -2T sesame seeds -1C pistachio nuts, crushed -1t salt -1t cinnamon -1/4C olive oil -1/4C honey
Method 1.Preheat oven to 350F and line an 11x17 inch baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, mix the first eight ingredients together. 3. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and honey. 4. Then, pour olive oil/honey mixture over granola and toss. Make sure everything is thoroughly coated. 5. Evenly spread granola mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until the oats turn golden brown. With a wooden spoon, toss granola every 10 minutes to ensure it bakes evenly.
baked = golden brown!
My favorite ways to eat this granola are by itself with 1/2C almond/soy milk, in a greek yogurt parfait, or on top of my morning oats :)
What is your favorite kind of granola?