Easy cherry compote
- Preparation and cooking time
- Makes 3 x 450g jars
This rich compote makes a perfect addition to pancakes for brunch
- STEP 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.
- STEP 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.
To sterilise your jars, wash well in hot, soapy water, then leave to dry in a low oven. Alternatively, run them through a dishwasher cycle. Fill the jars while they’re still warm.