Sour Cherry Compote

  • Serves

    makes ABOUT 1 1/2 CUPS


This easy, versatile compote, developed by SAVEUR's Alexia Nader, is thicker than a syrup but not quite a jam. It's a perfect use for summer's sour cherries. Use it as a topping for crepes, ice cream, yogurt, or cake.


  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. rum
  • Seeds from 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 1 lb. sour cherries, stemmed and pitted


Step 1

Combine sugar, rum, and vanilla seeds with 3⁄4 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is reduced to a thin syrup, about 7 minutes. Add sour cherries, reduce heat, and simmer the mixture until cherries are tender, about 7-8 minutes. Allow the compote to cool before serving.

The compote will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to two weeks.

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