These Sweet Cherry Calzones came about when I was asked for a new dessert featuring dark, sweet cherries. I find it interesting that there are desserts using the sour cherries but not a lot using the dark sweet cherries. I make them for the weekends and we consistently sell out the first night.
While sweet cherries are in season, it is important in this recipe to use the frozen sweet dark cherries. Thaw them completely so they juice out. Fresh, pitted cherries will not have the same amount of juice. The filling should be made at least a day ahead and refrigerated to completely set up. While it will seem quite stiff when used in the calzones, it has a wonderful texture in the baked pastries. Continue reading