Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cherries Simmered in Red Wine

4 cups dry red wine (I just buy a bottle of $5 Zinfandel or Cabernet at Trader Joe's)
1 cup sugar
2 pounds sour red cherries, stemmed & pitted (You can use frozen cherries, but if they are sweet cherries add 1/2 cup sugar then taste & add more if necessary)
1/2 teaspoon orange zest (or just use 1 tablespoon OJ if you are feeling lazy or are without zest)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

Stir wine and sugar in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add cherries. Bring to boil. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Transfer cherries to a bowl.

Mix in orange peel, extract and cinnamon to wine-cherry liquid.
Boil cooking liquid until reduced to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Cool.

Pour syrup over cherries; toss. Cover; chill until cold.

Serve over vanilla ice cream, with flourless chocolate cake or top with creme fraiche! I am submitting these cherries to One Page Cookbooks by Varsha Vipins and Ramki


  1. Yum! I have a huge amount of sour cherries in my freezer that my mom gave me. Was looking for various ways to use those up.

  2. That sounds wicked good. My girlfriend just bought a bunch of cherries...

  3. I almost though you were making cherry wine, lol, but this works if I can get the wine bottle away from hubby after he opens one :)

  4. Each of your serving suggestions sound wonderful!

  5. Thanks for the lovely entry Caitlin..They must be very delicious..Please include my name n also link back to Ramki's page too,whose brainchild this event is..:)


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