In the kitchen with Sharon

Sharon Hughes

Sharon Hughes

Tim Colliver’s Cherry Delight is shown in this photograph.

Tim Colliver | The Times-Gazette

Hello. This week In the kitchen with Sharon is my trusty friend and co-worker Tim Colliver. Not only is he a great baker, but he’s also a great reporter. Plus, he made enough for us to have some of this great desert. Thank you so much Tim. You are the best.

This Cherry Delight is a perfect desert to make for Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, and enjoy this recipe from Tim.

“Everyone who is married for any amount of time usually has a ‘horror story’ regarding their in-laws,” Colliver said. “Thankfully for me, I don’t have any since from the minute I showed up at Slim and Evelyn Hawkins’ door to date their oldest daughter, both of them treated me as if I was their own son. That’s something you don’t forget. So to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and in honor of one of the nicest ladies I ever had the pleasure to share a kitchen with, here is a dessert that was a Hawkins’ family tradition — Cherry Delight.”

1 package of graham crackers, crushed into fine crumbs

1 stick of real butter, melted.

2 tablespoons of sugar.

1 eight-ounce package of cream cheese, warmed up to room temperature. (I recommend using Philadelphia brand, since some of the store brands at times will beat into a grainy texture).

1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar.

1 container of whipped topping. (Like the cream cheese, I recommend using original Cool-Whip. Though a store brand will mix properly with the cream cheese, after a few days in the refrigerator you may have an oily mess instead of a nice dessert).

1 can cherry pie filling. (This receipe makes a killer blueberry delight as well)!

Mix the graham crackers, butter and sugar together and shape it into a crust in the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish. Place in the refrigerator to firm it up.

In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar and whipped topping.

Remove baking dish from the refrigerator and spread that delicious cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust, using a spatula to spread out evenly.

Pour the can of pie filling over this, spreading it over the cream cheese.

Return to the refrigerator for about an hour. Serve this to your wife or girlfriend and she’ll forget all about chocolate.

You still might want to buy a card and some flowers, though…

Sharon Hughes is the advertising manager at The Times-Gazette. She is also a mother, grandmother and chef. She can be reached at 937-393-3456.

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Tim Colliver’s Cherry Delight is shown in this photograph. Colliver’s Cherry Delight is shown in this photograph. Tim Colliver | The Times-Gazette