Grilled Cherries on a Cloud with Spiced Maple Syrup

By Micki Brown

Serves 4


1 pound sweet cherries, halved and pitted

1 loaf butter pound cake

½ cup pure maple syrup; plus 1 tbsp

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided

1 pint heavy whipping cream


Preheat grill to medium heat. Place cherries on the grill and cook for about five minutes, being careful to not let them fall through the grates. Remove cherries from grill and allow to cool (too warm will cause the whipped cream to have a meltdown). In a small bowl, mix together ½ cup maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon and ½ tsp of vanilla. In a medium bowl, add the whipping cream, 1 tbsp maple syrup and ½ tsp vanilla, then beat until stiff peaks form. To serve, place a large scoop of whipping cream on four small plates, then place a slice of pound cake in the center of each of the whipped cream and press down to plate. Top the cake with the cherries. Drizzle with desired amount of spiced maple syrup. Top off with a dollop of whipped cream and another drizzle of the maple syrup. Enjoy!