Cheap eats: Cherries done four ways

10 fresh large cherries

3 table spoons of caster sugar

2 cups of water

1 small ramekin of vodka (are any unflavoured alcohol over 40%)

4 shots of cherry brandy

Salt & pepper

cherry 2

This little invention is a right treat for you cherry lovers out there. Despite the ‘occasional’ shoddy weather, we are in fact in cherry season and this recipe explores some of the scrumptious ways to serve a cherry or 10. It makes an impressive and boozy after-dinner treat when all plated together.

Cherry No.1

The easiest of the 4 cherries; pour a shot of cherry brandy into your 2 favourite digestif or shot glasses. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cherry No.2

Mix the water, sugar and 2 shots of your remaining cherry brandy into a sauce pan. Melt together slowly, stirring often until you are left with cloudy red simple syrup. Take 4 of your cherries and generously coat in the syrup.

Leave them to set on baking paper. If you put them in the fridge overnight they set completely into a solid candy style treat but I prefer to only let them set for an hour or so and are still a little runny and sticky.

Cherry No. 3

Put 4 cherries in foil or baking paper and add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Heat your oven to 200C/Fan 180C/360F/gas mark 6. Put the cherries in to bake for 7-10 minutes. They should be too hot to handle but still well formed.

Cherry No. 4

Put your final 2 cherries in a ramekin/small bowl and fill until completely covered in vodka/high proof alcohol. Then set fire to it!

Leave this to burn it’s self out or if you’re a bit nervous carefully blow it out when the container becomes very hot, you’ll know because the heat will radiate.

Plate Up

When you have prepped your 4 cherry types plate them up in as artful a manner as you can and serve. It’s cherry-licious!

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