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Cherry Compote

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




Cherries, pitted






Cherry Syrup (from spoon sweet)



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




Cherries, Pitted









Cherry brandy (or other liqueur)



Vanilla essence



Wash cherries and drain and then remove pits.


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


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


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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17 Responses

  1. Mmmhh, that compote looks really luscious! Mmmhhh, in a crêpe! Yummy!

    Cheers and have a wonderful weekend,


  2. This is so incredible! The last pic….man man man….I wish I have some now….to do a pie or a tart for tomorrow.

  3. Is it okay to make the compote with the frozen cherries?

  4. Ivy

    Angie, although I’ve never made a compote with frozen cherries, I do not see any reason why you cannot make a compote.

  5. I love gliko tou koutaliou. and now that it is full with cherries this is a truly good idea!

  6. Absolutely divine Ivy! I’m planning on a compote of some kind later this week and will have a better look at the recipe! That crepe look so good! Thank you for sharing again!

  7. I love how you define spoon sweets and fruit spreads! How fun! Great recipe, too. I’ve got some cherries that really need used.

  8. Cherry compote looks delicious, i have few cherries, will try this out

  9. Mmm that cherry compote looks delicious and perfect for the season! I bet it was delicious in crepes 🙂

  10. Yum, this sounds delicious and that dessert you’ve made makes me drool only looking at it. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve made. I’ll definitely make this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love the look of that crepe. Cherry season is such a treat. I have a good size quantity on hand and can’t wait to transform them into something special. Then again, fresh cherries are such a treat just on their own.

  12. Your compote looks delicious, and I’m imagining how great it must be with yogurt! Looks delicious with the crepe too.

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  13. 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!

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

  15. 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 🙂

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

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  17. 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.