I grew up in Indiana, northern Indiana to be specific. So when we talked about summer fruit, it was all about the blueberries. We'd buy the 5 pound boxes of blueberries, and I'd happily sit with a book and the entire box and snack on them for hours at a time. Hey, it has to be better than snacking on chips or candy! At the end of the blueberry season (*sob*), my mom would buy a box or two and we'd pack them away into bags and into one of the freezers (yes, multiple freezers - preserving and raising livestock for slaughter will do that to you). All those bags of blueberries would hold me over until the next blueberry season, when I would happily gorge myself on the plump little berries all over again.
So when I moved to Wisconsin, I figured - hey, same latitude as Michigan, and they grow kickass blueberries, so Wisconsin will have lots of blueberries to satisfy my habit! Um, I hate to break it to you, but no, no they don't. I can barely find those measly little boxes of blueberries - no one should be faced with mere pints of blueberries. Gallons! Buckets! Hordes! All much more suitable terms for blueberry quantities.
What they did have was cherries. Boatloads of tart cherries. Cherry jams and preserves, huge deep cherry pies, and *shudder* cherry wine. But we'll forgive them for the wine, because those cherries are damn good in pies. No more crappy cherry pie filling, I can make a quick drive up to Door County and pick of a 5 or 10 pound bag of frozen tart cherries. So since I love pie, I've been able to forgive Wisconsin for their lack of blueberries.
Until April picked the cherry fudge brownie torte though, I hadn't considered the Black Forest angle. Cherries and chocolate? Hmm... this required some thought. Well, not actually, to tell you the truth. I considered the idea for approximately 5 seconds before the "hell yeah" reaction occurred. And oh, is this a hell yeah of a dessert. I skipped the mousse on top, because nothing should get in the way of the fudgey, chocolatey, cherry dotted goodness that is this brownie. Wisconsin, I'd love you, just for your tart cherries.
Last Week: Sweet Potato Disappointment
Next Week: Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake