We very often use preserved or canned cherries for topping our desserts but the tangy sweet taste of fresh cherries elevates your preparation to a completely different level. However, sometimes when you are preparing fresh fruit or black forest cakes etc you can use this glazed cherries recipe to give your cake a delightful topping. I came up with this recipe as the sweetened cherries are too sweet and does not lend a rustic look to the dish. Whereas the canned cherries are difficultto store for a long time even though you refrigerate them as they become stale within 2-3 days. My recipe on glazed cherries is easy and can be stored for about 15 days in the refrigerator and used. However the actual taste of the cherries are not lost as the cherries are not stewed. Cherries are currently abundantly available in the market! Grab some and give it a try! Do leave your valuable comments in the comments section below.

Cake topped with Glazed Cherries

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Makes : 30-40 glazed cherries

Ingredients :

Sugar : 1 cup

Mixed fruit / Orange / Pineapple Juice : 100 ml

Fresh organic cherries : 30-40  (Do not remove the seeds and stems as it accentuates the presentation)

Cherry essence : 3-5 drops  (optional)

Method :

Wash the cherries slowly under running water and let it sit on a kitchen towel to dry completely.

Fresh organic cherries

In a microwave safe bowl, take the sugar and juice and microwave on HIGH for a minute. You will see that the mixture will start bubbling and the sugar will start dissolving. Microwave on HIGH for another minute.

Alternatively you can use a non stick pan and bring the sugar and juice mixture to a boil without mixing. This should take about 3-4 minutes.

Take out the bowl and strain the mixture using a strainer to do away with any dirt from the sugar. Add a few drops of cherry essence in case you are using it during this stage. While still hot put the cherries one by one and microwave on HIGH for another minute or heat on the gas stove in the same non stick pan for a minute ot two. Dont over do as we don’t want to cook the cherries. Turn off the heat or the microwave and let the cherries rest in the prepared syrup until completely cool.

Cherries resting in syrup

Store in a glass jar or even a bowl covered with clin film until use. Use these cherries to top your cakes or desserts like mousse, ice-cream, pancakes, muffins, brownies, crepes or even use them in fruit salads. You can even simply have it from the jar as it is! Try out this recipe and I’m sure you are going to love the vibrant colour of the glazed cherries!