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Cherry compote

I am on a cherry kick right now and try to make some desserts while there are cherries. I just made my first cherry compote and look at it, I just love that deep burgundy color of cherries.

So what’s the difference between spoon sweets or fruit spreads? To begin with spoon sweets are whole fruit preserved in a thick syrup and of course jams are mashed fruit preserved with sugar.

Compote is whole fruit which is cooked in a sugar syrup and due to its lower sugar content, its shelf life is substantially shorter than jams or spoon sweets. It can be served either warm or cold in fruit bowls with ice cream and whipped cream or Greek yoghurt or used as a base to make a lot of other desserts such as ice creams or mousse. Perfect on crepes or pancakes for breakfast.

The preparation is just like cherry spoon sweet but here the whole procedure is much simpler. You just pit the cherries, boil, remove froth and simmer for a shorter time. It can be flavoured with a liqueurs or with spices such as cinnamon and cloves etc. and voila, it is ready in no time.

Cherry compote – Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yields: 1 kilo compote

Ingredients:

1

kilo

Cherries, pitted

2

Cups

Sugar

1

Cup

Cherry Syrup (from spoon sweet)

1

Tbsp

Cherry brandy (optional, since the spoon sweet syrup is already flavoured).

or

1

Kilo

Cherries, Pitted

3

Cups

Sugar

1

Cup

Water

2

Tbsp

Cherry brandy (or other liqueur)

1

Tsp

Vanilla essence

Directions:

1.

Wash cherries and drain and then remove pits.

2.

Add all ingredients, except the liqueur, in a saucepan and bring to a boil. When foam starts to form, remove with a slotted ladle.

3.

When foam is removed, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add liqueur and mix.

4.

Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.

I have prepared a few desserts containing the cherry compote so until I post it here is one of them. Can you guess what it is?

I made this quick post now that everyone is having a nap, to thank you all for visiting my blog and I am sorry I haven’t been visiting you. Hope to visit you soon.

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Peter

Wednesday 24th of June 2009

Of all the Spoon Sweets - this (Vissino) is tops for me. It's not as sweet as the others and I also look forward to a tall, cold glass of Vissanada when in Greece.

Karine

Tuesday 16th of June 2009

MmM Cherries! :) Your compote looks really good! And your pictures are amazing... They make me want to eat more cherries! :)

Karine’s last blog post..Cherry Clafouti

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie

Monday 15th of June 2009

I LOVE cherries! The compote looks really good and so wonderful with the crepe! Can't wait to see the recipe for the mystery dessert :)

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie’s last blog post..Coriander Grilled Chicken and Watermelon Salad with Ginger-Lemongrass Dressing

natalia

Monday 15th of June 2009

Ivy ! You really are cherring around ! i love all of your desserts !

Jen of a2eatwrite

Sunday 14th of June 2009

I adore cherries in every way, shape and form. Spoon sweets to me connote long evenings with friends in Russia, accompanied by very black, very hot tea.

Thanks for the lovely memories!

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