I have been without Internet for a week! A WEEK! It has been both liberating and frustrating. During that time we didn’t stop making delicious meals and goodies though and I have a few gems to help me catch up on my lack of posting. So sorry and yes, we are still alive and cooking down here in South Texas.
All that being said, I LOVE CHERRY SEASON. Love, luv, lurv it with my whole heart. Cherries are my favorite. Fresh cherries, cherry pie, cherries in salad – you name it. Love it. I buy way to many of the red little gems when I go to the store. The result, well sometimes they start to wilt a little bit before I can consume them. The solution? Make Cherry Jubilee Sauce and then eat it on cake or ice cream. I also like to use them for Bourbon Soaked Cherries, but that is another tale for another day.
Classic cherries jubilee is flambéed with Brandy at the end; much like banana’s foster. This recipe isn’t that in depth or complex. Just a good sauce recipe that embodies all those flavors which a lot less work. I layered it up with vanilla bean ice cream and amaretti cookies for a divine little sundae that can make any day or occasion special. If you have never had amaretti cookies, well they are these divine little Italian cookies that have an almond-amaretto flavor in a crunchy cookie that is somewhere between a snap cookie and macaron. They are another personal favorite of mine…
CHERRY JUBILEE SAUCE
- 12 ounces – fresh cherries, washed and pitted
– or frozen
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/3 cup water
- pinch of salt
- 2 Tablespoons Brandy
- amaretti cookies
- vanilla bean ice cream; and
- whipped cream
DIRECTIONS: combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil and cook stirring constantly for about 2 minutes or until thick. *Note you can stir the Brandy in at the end for a more adult kick or add it with other ingredients and “cook off” the alcohol and just have the wonderful Brandy flavor! Remove from heat and cool slightly; serve. This is also delicious cold and can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.
Serve as desired or with a spoon – it’s that good. We ate our layered up with crushed amaretti cookies, vanilla bean ice cream, and fresh whipped cream.
To die for. Crunchy cookies that sing with almond flavor, sweet cherries bursting with flavor and Brandy – hello!.., all mixed in with cool vanilla bean ice cream, and luscious fresh whipped cream. It’s so simple and it really is an amazing treat. Stunning and simple – that is a keeper in my book.
For the love of Summer Sundaes,