Life is a bowl of cherries…and ice cream!
If you’re a cherry lover, this easy to make fresh cherry compote recipe is a great way to enjoy cherry season. Cascading down a scoop of French vanilla ice cream, it is heaven!
Fresh picked cherries are readily available now at local farmer’s markets, and there are so many delicious varieties. It’s an added bonus when something that tastes great is also good for you!
I always look forward to this time of year as our neighbor has a cherry tree and invites us over to pick them before the birds have a feast. Happily, there are plenty for all of us!
They’re tart and tiny but they make a wonderful compote that reminds me of the taste of my Grandma’s amazing homemade cherry pie. She had a cherry tree that produced cherries similar to these, so this recipe is extra sweet to me for many reasons!
It’s so easy to make with 4 ingredients, and pitting the cherries takes longer than the time it takes to cook on the stovetop! If you prefer, you can substitute a 1 pound bag of frozen pitted cherries.
The printable fresh cherry compote recipe is available at the end of this post.
Here’s what you’ll need.
The cherry sauce is delicious used on ice cream or yogurt and can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator. I like to serve it in an antique glass bowl surrounded by more beautiful red cherries.
And for cherry lovers I’ve added these vintage Mercer Cherry printables in the free image library. I found the print at an antique store and thought it was beautiful and suitable for framing! It was published as a botanical illustration 125 years ago by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The parchment color background is the original and I scanned it and included an option on a black background. The free printables are available in Food and Drink art.
Enjoy the sweet flavors of summer!