Easy cherry compote

Easy cherry compote

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins


Makes 3 x 450g jars
This rich compote makes a perfect addition to pancakes for brunch

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal46
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 1kg cherries, stoned weight (you'll need to buy about 1¼kg, then de-stone them)



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  • 500g jam sugar (the one that has pectin added)



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 tsp brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…


  1. Put the cherries into a wide, deep frying pan, add 150ml water, then bring to the boil. Cook for 15 mins, stirring now and again until the fruit is starting to soften. Tip in the sugar, stir until it dissolves, add the lemon juice and brandy, then bring back to the boil.

  2. Cook for 15 mins until the fruit has collapsed a little and the sauce is syrupy, smooth and dark purple. Spoon a little of the juice onto a saucer and leave to cool for 30 secs. Push it with your finger; it’s ready if the syrup wrinkles. Ladle into sterilised jars (see tip, below) and seal.

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15th Jul, 2017
I used rum instead of brandy and it tasted very good.
29th Jul, 2012
how can i make apple crepes cz cherries arent avaible much in my country..plus any substitute fr brandy?/
26th Jun, 2011
Yes you should be fine as long as you sterilise your jars and use airtight lids. When I make homemade jam I sometimes store it over a year and it is still fine.
8th Jul, 2010
I know this is a suggestion box but I need to ask a question. My dad is coming for Christmas and he loves cherry compote I wanted to make some of this recipe for him with my cherries from the garden will it last this long? it will be great to feed him something really special when he comes since it will be the frist time in 2 years I will see him
30th May, 2010
Yes - I also used my local french cherries from my garden. Brilliant!! I did use the brandy, & from the saucepan it tastes great!
28th Jul, 2009
Didn't use the brandy but this is a great easy recipe. Perfect for using the excess of free, local cherries here in France!
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