Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae #SundaySupper

Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae

The other day Mom and I were talking about how we never used to order sundaes.  There were more than enough stops at ice cream shops in my youth.  There was one near the doctor’s office that cured sore throats and finger pricks.  One near school that celebrated Fridays and A’s and offered comfort when I had a bad day.  Later in high school we discovered a local custard stand.

We sometimes went with friends from school or my Granny.  We ate in the shops, outside, in the car, and sometimes at home.  Ice cream made its way into our lives on sunny and rainy days, hot and cold days alike.

Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae

But almost every single time, we just got ice cream.  I always liked mine in a dish, while Mom preferred a cone.  But it was just a scoop, sometimes two, of ice cream.  No melty caramel or crunchy nuts or fluffy whipped cream.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about plain ice cream, but when I came up with the idea for this sundae, Mom lamented that we should have been more adventurous with our ice cream.  We should have tried sundaes and those crazy concoctions they serve upside down.  We should have branched out more and expanded our horizons.

Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae

But we didn’t.  So we do it now.  I can’t be sure, but I think this Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae is better than any sundae we could have gotten in an ice cream shop.

While you could make your own ice cream, a high quality, store bought variety saves time and is just as tasty.  Then I topped it with homemade sour cherry sauce which basically tastes like cherry pie filling.  Crunchy toasted coconut finishes the sundae.  The house smelled so good while the coconut was toasting and the sauce simmering.

Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae

You end up with a wonderful combination of flavors and textures that can be switched up with the ice cream of your choice.  The creamy ice cream, juicy cherries, and crunchy coconut work so well together and really prevent the dessert from feeling overly sweet or heavy.  Plus, it’s gluten free and so perfect for summer.

Branch out, try this sundae.  I promise you’ll love it!

Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae

Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 sundaes

Ingredients

1 pint ice cream, I used caramel and butter pecan

½ cup flaked unsweetened coconut

3 cups sour cherries, washed and pitted

½ cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Once oven is hot, place coconut on a piece of parchment and place that on top of a piece of foil. Roast for about 5 minutes, checking very frequently because it will burn quickly!

Make the sauce. In a small saucepan, combine cherries, sugar, and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

Scoop the ice cream into bowls. Top with the cherry sauce and toasted coconut. Leftover sauce may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Comments

  1. shelby says:

    I’m certain this is better than any ice cream shop sundae 🙂

  2. What a great flavor combination!

  3. I love this idea for an ice cream treat!

  4. Liz says:

    From the ice cream to the toppings, this is one amazing, unforgettable sundae!

  5. Barrie says:

    The cherry sauce is perfect! Looks so delicious!

  6. The coconut and cherry combination sounds delicious! What a yummy and easy dessert idea!

  7. Debbie Eccard says:

    Two of my very favorite things…Coconut and Cherries!! Would love to be able to order one of these to eat right now!!!

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