Friday, 10 July 2009

Simple Cherry Compot

I made this partly to preserve my epic haul of wild picked cherries, and partly as a pancake sauce to go on my Bakewell Pancakes, inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie's Pancake-Making Bonanza.

This was adapted from Sweet and Sassy Cherry Sauce over on dlife, a diabetes support website, who in turn took it from The Cherry Marketing Institute . Like cherries need marketing?!?

Adapted Cherry Compot - Makes two cups

2 cup Cherries
2 tbs sugar
6 tbs water (Divided)
2 tbs cornflour
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp vodka
Juice and rind of 1/2 a small unwaxed lemon

  • Place cherries sugar and 4tbs of the water into a small pan and bring to a slow boil, simmer covered for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Once the cherries have released a lot of the juice, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and put to one side
  • Mix the salt and cornflower together. Add this to your 2tbs of water, and mix into the pan
  • Add the vodka along with the lemon juice and zest.
  • Continue to simmer over a low heat for 7-8 mins
  • Put the cherries back in, and cook for another 3-5 mins, until cherries are softened and the compot is of the desired thickness.
Kept in a sterilised jar in the fridge, this will last for up two two weeks.

To make into a pancake syrup, take 2 parts compot to one part maple syrup and warm.

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