Amarena cherries are becoming more and more popular with professional chefs as an ingredient in a variety of products. These cherries have stand out features such as an acidic taste and a dark (almost black) colour which brings an elegant touch and a delicious twist when mixed with other ingredients.
Professionals use Amarena cherries in all sorts of desserts, especially Amarena cherry cake, amongst others, such as more traditional cakes like black forest gateaux or cheese cake. They can also be added to sponge cakes, brownies, mousse, clafouti, crumbles, chocolate cake or blended with cream.
Amarena cherries for desserts, ice creams and cocktails
Another sector that regularly relies on Amarena cherries is cocktail making. Many cocktails opt for this type of cherry, both as decoration or to add a different touch, in the process of being mixed. Their acidic and sweet taste, when combined with certain types of spirits, offer a range of flavours that meet high expectations. For example, these cherries are used in sweet Martini, San Francisco cocktails and even in more modern and daring versions of mojitos.
Whether it is in cocktails or in gateaux, sponge cakes or pastries, Amarena cherries blend nicely with spirits such as rum, vodka, bourbon whiskey and other ingredients that are often found in desserts, such as vanilla, chocolate or cream.
Many cakes feature a certain combination of fruits to bring out their flavour and in order to make the dessert look attractive. Amarena cherries mix well with apples, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, citric fruits, peaches, apricots and plums.
When it comes to dairy products such as ice cream, Amarena cherries are the highlight of amaretto ice cream and yoghurt flavoured ice cream. They are also used in refreshing milk shakes where Amarena cherries lend their unmistakable colour and flavour to the refreshment.
How to make Amarena cherry cake
Our hard work and dedication over eight decades has opened up opportunities across all five continents, providing an immense sense of satisfaction that many master bakers, patisserie chefs and ice cream connoisseurs enjoy using Lazaya’s products in their creations. One export client we have in Asia, a Japanese chef, sent us this fantastic video demonstrating how he uses our Amarena cherries on a daily basis.
The video shows how he makes his signature Amarena Cake with Lazaya Amarena cherries. The video allows us to follow this master dessert chef step by step:
- Begin with a melted chocolate base in a big mould
- Place whole Amarena cherries on top of the melted chocolate
- Pour another layer of chocolate over the cherries to cover them; leave to set
- Make a sponge cake mixture and pour into small, individual moulds
- Cut the Amarena cherry set chocolate into individual slices and place on top of the sponge cake mixture in the individual moulds
- Remove from the oven and cover with a thin layer of chocolate and then begin decorating the individual cakes
- As a final touch, add three candied Amarena cherries on top of each cake and some shavings of pistachio nuts.
Professionals prefer Amarena cherries by Lazaya
The master chef in this video used Lazaya’s Amarena cherries to make the chocolate base of the cake, as well as for the final touch. These cherries are sold in special plastic containers that perfectly preserve the fruit, making sure they keep all their nutritive properties and allowing easy opening for quick and simple use.
Product packaging is an important feature that professionals take note of when choosing a brand. Most professionals seek not only good quality, but also that the product can be used over time and that it is sold in different containers, such as plastic tubs, glass jars or cartons, all of which can be adapted for use.
Our long journey since our beginnings in 1940, as well as the fact that we have our own orchards and we pay close attention to a unique production line which mixes traditional artisan methods with the latest technological advances, leads to a high quality end result which is recommended to all who wish to surprise their clients with innovative and delicious products.
The aim is to make life easier for professional chefs so that they have choices which include the container that they buy the fruit in, its size, whether the cherries have a stem or not, whether they are whole or sliced, whether they are natural or sweetened, etc. These are some of the reason why so many important chefs and patisseries bakers know our brand.
We remain at your disposal to resolve any questions or discuss any detail that you wish to know about our Amarena cherries or any other product in our catalogue. Get in touch! We would be delighted to help you.