Cherries are a thing in my house to say the very least- to give you some perspective as a family of 3 and one of them being a child, we are able to demolish 2 pounds of cherries between us in a day and a half! It’s true and I have witnesses.
But enough about how much we love cherries. There is something special about summer when the cherries flood the markets and farmers market. We have been fortunate and a bit spoilt having lived in one of the best cherry states in the country and this batch of bing cherries is now a delicious jar of Cherry Compote.
This is a really simple recipe and all it takes is 4 ingredients, some time and a prayer that it makes it through the week.
It’s been fun getting my son involved in the kitchen through these unusual times of the pandemic and every small thing he does is a big win for him. This time he has anointed himself as the best cherry pitter so be it :).
Bing Cherry Compote
- 2 cups bing cherries pitted fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice fresh is preferred
- 2 tbsp cognac or contrieu optional
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- Add all the ingredients in a pan and let it steep for 5 minutes.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a medium - low heat.
- Let it simmer till the cherries soften and the juices start to thicken the sauce 15 -20 minutes.
- Continue to simmer and check till the compote coats the back of a spoon. Serve warm or cold
Serve it with a dessert, top it on cottage cheese, spread it on a toast or as my son does it eat it by the spoonful. Do give this a try and let me know how it goes.
Would love to see some of you make it and if you do please tag @beyond.curry