What do you do with all your delicious, sweet Michigan cherries at the end of summer? Make cherry compote! The compote can be used over ice cream, brownies or cake to take your dessert to a new level. You will not be disappointed with this easy stove top recipe.
INGREDIENTS: (makes 3/4 C. cherry compote)
- about 1 1/2 lb. sweet cherries
- 1/4 C. sugar
1)Begin by pitting your cherries. I don’t have a fancy gadget for this. I simply sliced the cherries in half and pulled the pit out. I left my cherries cut in half to make a chunky compote. You may cut them smaller depending on your preference.
2)Place cherries and 1/4 C. sugar into a medium sized saucepan. Stir to coat cherries with sugar. Mash slightly with a fork to bring out cherry juices.
3)Turn heat on a medium-high setting and bring cherry mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue to stir frequently and turn heat down to simmer mixture for about 20 minutes, until cherry mixture is thickened and cherries have softened.
That’s it! The flavor can’t be beat. Try it on ice cream or pair it with chocolate for a Black Forest type type dessert. Oh, the possibilities! I hope you enjoy this delicious fruit sauce that will help you extend your summer flavors for just a bit longer.