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Cherries with bourbon and vanilla


Serves: 6
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:
Cherries with bourbon and vanilla
Recipe photograph by Toby Scott

Cherries with bourbon and vanilla

We like our cherries drunk on bourbon. Serve with vanilla ice cream - YUM!

Serves: 6
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
160Kcal
Fat
7gr
Saturates
4gr
Carbs
18gr
Sugars
18gr
Fibre
1gr
Protein
1gr
Salt
0gr

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Ingredients

  • 500g cherries
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 strip of pared lemon zest, plus a squeeze of juice, if needed
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out
  • 4 tbsp bourbon whisky
  • a pinch of sea salt flakes

Step by step

Get ahead

The compote keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days. Warm through gently before serving.

  1. Pit the cherries using a pitter device (or see Kitchen Tip, below) and set aside.

    Tip

    To pit cherries without a pitter, place on top of an empty beer bottle, and use a skewer to push the stone down into the neck, leaving the cherry on top.

  2. Melt the butter and sugar in a frying pan on a medium heat, stirring until the sugar has melted.

  3. Add the cherries, lemon zest, and vanilla seeds and pod and cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously, for 5 minutes, until the cherries start to release their juices. Carefully add the bourbon and sea salt and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes until the fruit is tender and very juicy.

    Tip

    You could use brandy instead of bourbon or, if making it for children, orange or cherry juice.

  4. Taste and add a drop of lemon juice if the cherries need a little sharpening – this will depend on variety and ripeness. Leave the compote to cool slightly, discarding the lemon zest and vanilla pod, and then serve, still warm, spooned over vanilla ice cream.

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