Spiced Brandied Cherries
YIELD: 1 pint PREP TIME: 20 min
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 ¼ teaspoon ground Vietnamese cinnamon (use freshly ground Vietnamese cinnamon if available)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 8 ounces frozen cherries or fresh cherries (pitted and stems removed)
- ½-3/4 cup brandy
Put water in a small saucepan over low heat. Add sugar and spices and bring to a simmer. Stir until sugar dissolves. Continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Remove the spiced sugar sauce from the stove and while it is still warm filter it through a fine mesh filter or cheesecloth to remove the larger spice particles.
Return spiced sauce to saucepan and warm almost to a simmer. Remove from stovetop and add cherries and brandy. Allow to cool, then store in the refrigerator for at least 4 days and up to several months.
Spiced Brandied Cherries taste wonderful over ice cream.