Cherries Jubilee Recipe

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Cherries Jubilee Recipe. Either you love cherries or hate them. Some say they love cherries more than life itself while others consider cherries to be a vile fruit. I love cherries so much that I’ve invented a recipe based on them – Cherries Jubilee Recipe. This can be used in desserts, salads, ice cream, sauces, and more!

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CLASSIC CHERRIES JUBILEE RECIPE

Cherries Jubilee is a simple but sophisticated dessert that is a spectacle to behold when it’s made! Liqueur-soaked cherries are flambeed with brandy, making a sweet boozy sauce to top ice cream. The big secret? It’s really easy to make!

classic cherries jubilee in glasses.
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Cherries Jubilee is a classic dessert served at elegant restaurants and often prepared tableside. But did you know this popular restaurant dessert is really easy to make at home? It’s a perfect dessert for a dinner party or a delicious dessert the next time you want something with a wow factor.

Flames leaping from a skillet (when happening on purpose) is always an attention-getter that makes dinner a special event.

Serve it over vanilla ice cream or angel food cake slices (and anything that sounds good to you). Perfect when bing cherries are in season!

WHERE WAS CHERRIES JUBILEE INVENTED?

This original recipe was created by famous French chef Auguste Escoffier for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (the 60th anniversary of her becoming queen) in 1897. She loved cherries so to celebrate her reign in the late 1800’s he came up with this dessert which became a classic. The original dish featured cherries poached in simple syrup with warm brandy poured over.

This dessert has stood the test of time and has been slightly modified along the way! Now this celebratory dish is made by combining cherries and liqueur and then flambéing them while cooking in a sweet syrup. Typically, it’s served over vanilla ice cream as shown here. However, it may be used on other things such as cakes or crepes too.

This dessert falls into a family of flambéed desserts (‘flamed’) that make for a great presentation and are very easy to make.

Two other desserts of this delicious type include Classic Bananas Foster (bananas in a buttery sugar sauce with rum) and Mangoes Diablo (mangoes flambéed with tequila). It even has its day: September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee day.

Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Ice Cream. Liqueur-soaked cherries flambéed with rum and served over ice cream
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RECIPE INGREDIENTS NOTES

Sweet Cherries. We recommend fresh cherries (pitted) for this recipe. However, if they aren’t available they can be made with frozen cherries that have been thawed. Thaw cherries in a strainer over a bowl. Reserve any juices from the bowl and add to the skillet with the Kirsch-soaked cherries.

Kirschwasser (cherry liqueur). The cherries are soaked in this liqueur for 1 hour before cooking the cherries jubilee recipe.

Granulated Sugar. The sugar sweetens the cherries and helps make the sweet sauce.

Lemon Juice. Just a few tablespoons are added to punch up the flavor of the thin syrup. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Brandy. This adds flavor and will be lit to create the blue flame.

Vanilla or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. For serving over. You can serve on other things instead too.

Ingredients

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1-pint of vanilla ice cream

1 pound fresh, ripe sweet cherries, such as Bing

1/2 cup sugar

1 lemon

1/3 cup golden rumAdd to Shopping List

Directions

  1. Evenly scoop the ice cream into 4 dishes or decorative glasses and put it in the freezer until ready to serve (this can be done up to 4 hours ahead).
  2. Wash and pit the cherries. Put the cherries and sugar in a large skillet. Peel 2 strips of zest from the lemon into wide strips with a peeler and add to the cherries. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon over the top. Stir to combine evenly. Cover and cook the cherries over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook over medium-high until cherries get juicy, about 5 minutes more.
  3. To flambe the rum: If cooking over a gas flame, pull the pan off the heat and add the rum. Ignite the alcohol with a long match or one held with tongs. Swirl the pan slightly until the flames subside, about 30 seconds.
  4. If cooking over an electric stove put the rum in a small saucepan. Warm it over medium-low heat and carefully light it with a long match or one held with tongs. Pour the lit rum over the cherries, and swirl the pan lightly until the flames subside for about 30 seconds.
  5. Ladle the cherries and their juices over prepared ice cream scoops. Serve immediately.

Do you have to flambé Cherries Jubilee?

Flambéing is a very easy trick used to caramelize the sugars in a sauce such as this Cherries Jubilee. This easy method will also deepen the flavors of the dessert while burning off some of the liquor. It’s simple to do, and nothing to be afraid of if you follow the directions. However, if you don’t want to try flambéing your Cherries Jubilee, no worries. The sauce will still be delicious and perfectly wonderful served over ice cream. Once the cherries are cooked and the sugar is dissolved, the sauce will start to thicken and become syrupy. Add the Kirsch (cherry brandy) or rum to the pan and ignite the alcohol with a utility lighter or long fireplace match. Swirl the pan around until the flames subside and you’re done!

A large jar of Cherries Jubilee sauce
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Cherries Jubilee is a true classic that has stood the test of time.

This simple dessert has been around since the late 1800s when it was created by French chef, Auguste Escoffier for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebration. Any dessert that is still celebrated after more than 100 years is worth noting in my book.

Scoops of vanilla ice cream in a glass topped with Cherries Jubilee
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Cherries Jubilee is made with Kirsch (cherry brandy) or rum, granulated sugar, and fresh lemon juice.

I keep a bottle of cherry brandy in the refrigerator for an occasional nightcap or after-dinner drink. We also add it to as many recipes as we can like our Cherry Ice Cream with dark chocolate, and this delicious Cherry Almond Breakfast Cake. Kirsch keeps for a very long time and I bet you won’t regret having it on hand. Don’t settle for the cheapest you can buy. This is one of those times when buying the best makes all the difference. Thrill your guests with this terrific dessert or make it a special night with your favorite somebody.

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