Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Cherries might be my favorite fruit of them all. Whether they're sweet, sour, or even artificial (I have an undying love for maraschino cherries, and I don't find cherry-flavored medicine to be that gross), I relish them. A simple compote is my pick for the easiest, laziest way to enjoy sour cherries (as if 30 minutes of focused pitting counts as lazy).
1 dry quart sour cherries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp brandy
Wash, stem, and pit cherries. Combine sugar with orange juice in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. After a few minutes, add cherries and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add brandy and simmer for another minute or two. Serve warm or cold.