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Cherries in syrup (as sauce)

This delightful treat can stand alone as a sumptuous dessert or be the star accompaniment to ice cream, pancakes, and more.


2 lb cherries (firm and ripe, pitted and stemmed)
1 c sugar (granulated sugar)
1 c water


In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, water, and lemon juice. 

Place the saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Once the mixture starts to simmer, reduce the heat slightly and let it cook until it reaches a light, syrupy consistency. This should take about 5-10 minutes. Be sure not to overcook the syrup, as this can result in a thick and sticky texture.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the cherries and syrup cool to room temperature. This cooling stage helps the cherries absorb the syrup beautifully.

Total time
40 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


Serve the cherries in syrup in small bowls for a simple yet elegant dessert. Top with custard.

Use these cherries as a delightful topping for ice cream, pancakes, waffles, or yogurt.

Incorporate the cherries in syrup into your favorite pastries or cakes for an extra burst of flavor.

Transfer the leftover cherries and syrup into airtight containers to maintain freshness. Store the containers in the refrigerator. Properly stored, the cherries in syrup can last up to two weeks.

These cherries in syrup should be used as dessert, topping or sauce. To prepare cherries in syrup for canning, there are some more steps.


Add a vanilla bean for more flavor. If you're using a vanilla bean, split it open and add it to the syrup mixture.

For more flavro, add 1/4 cup red wine to the boiling syrup . Alternatively, add 2 tablespoons cherry liquor or rum to the cherries once cooked.


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