Fresh Cherry Topping


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Ripe cherries cooked in sugar and their own juices are delicious over ice cream or in parfaits. A Tbs. of brandy is a nice addition to these fresh preserves.

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  • 1 1/2 lbs. fresh cherries, rinsed, pitted and halved
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract

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In a medium saucepan, combine cherries and sugar. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and cherries have released their juices, about 10 minutes. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cherries are soft and mixture has thickened slightly, about 40 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and almond extract. Serve the topping warm, chilled or at room temperature. Tightly covered, it will keep several weeks in the refrigerator.

Makes 2 C. or 16 servings.

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