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Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee is one of those desserts everyone should know how to make.  Got a boss?  Got a poopsie-kins?  How about in-laws (or people you wish were in-laws)?  If you’ve got anyone to impress, this is what you make.  How can you beat a flaming dessert?  And, though everyone at the table will certainly oooh and aaah over your sweet culinary skills, you and I will really know what a snap this is to throw together.

The first time I had Cherries Jubilee was at a swank restaurant in Canada.  The maître d’ cozied right up to our table and made quite a show of it all.  It was fun to watch the alcohol ignite into flames and even more fun to eat.  I love anything a la mode and Cherries Jubilee may just be my favorite.

You can really keep all the ingredients for Cherries Jubilee on hand, which is convenient if you ever have unannounced dignitaries show up for dessert.  Kirsch is a wise addition to any liquor (or baking) cabinet and frozen cherries work nicely here, which is what I happened to use this time around…you know, it being March and all.  Most everything else on the ingredient list you’re likely to have stashed away in your pantry or freezer.

If you’re nervous about the whole pyrotechnics-in-your-kitchen business, all I can say is that I’ve done it more than once without burning off my eyebrows.  The flames really aren’t that big and quickly die out as the alcohol burns off.  I’d say my flames lasted less than 30 seconds.  I simply prepped and cooked the cherries, poured in the kirsch, and then ignited it with a match held with tongs.  After gently shaking the pan, the flames were gone and the dessert was ready to serve over ice cream.

One last thought.  This is a really nice dessert to serve when you aren’t wanting something that will utterly blow your calorie budget for the day.  Clocking in at less than 270 calories when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Cherries Jubilee is a happy addition for anyone striving to keep things in check.

Cherries Jubilee
Serves 4


2 cups sweet red cherries (fresh or frozen and thawed), rinsed and pitted
2 teaspoons butter
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of kosher salt
2 tablespoons kirsch

Vanilla ice cream for serving

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the fresh cherries, butter, brown sugar, orange juice, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir to combine and cover.  Simmer for about 4 minutes and then uncover.  (If thawed cherries are being used, the cherries will release their juices more quickly and this initial covered simmering step may be skipped.)  Increase the heat to medium-high and continue to cook until the cherries release their juices and the sauce begins to thicken, another 4-5 minutes.  Remove the skillet from the heat and push the cherries to the perimeter of the pan.  Add the kirsch to the center of the pan and, using either a long match or a regular match held with a pair of tongs, carefully ignite the alcohol.  Return the pan to the heat and gently shake the pan until the alcohol burns off and the flames subside.  Spoon the cherries and sauce over 4 dishes of ice cream and serve.  Enjoy!

Nutrition information per serving (¼ recipe without ice cream): 133 calories, 2 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein

Nutrition information per serving (¼ recipe with ½ cup vanilla ice cream): 266 calories, 9 g total fat, 6 g saturated fat, 41 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein

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3 thoughts on “Cherries Jubilee

  1. Kathryn Grandy on said:

    I had to submit this recipe to Costco. They just came back and said the other was way too long. It is a good one!

    From: Maureen Frache Reply-To: Maureen Frache Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014 9:07 AM To: Kathryn Grandy Subject: [New post] Cherries Jubilee Maureen Boswell posted: ” Cherries Jubilee is one of those desserts everyone should know how to make. Got a boss? Got a poopsie-kins? How about in-laws (or people you wish were in-laws)? If you’ve got anyone to impress, this is what you make. How can you beat a flaming de”

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