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Black Cherry Compote - {Compote De Cerises Noires}


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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 2 pounds frozen unsweetened pitted dark
  • sweet cherries thawed, and juice reserved
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


Servings 1


Step 1

Combine 2 cups water and dried cherries in large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until water is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 15 minutes. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Stir in dark cherries with juices and remaining ingredients. Simmer until cherries are tender and juices thicken, about 50 minutes. Cool. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Serve at room temperature.)

This recipe yields about 3 1/2 cups.

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