Flaming Cherries Jubilee

Recipe and photo credit by-  Seasonal Berries

Impress your friends with this lovely fruity treat.

Need a quick and easy dessert that will create a stir, then this easy cherry compote fits the bill, add a splash of Cointreau or brandy at the end, warm through then light with a long match, stand well back and wait for the applause.

How To Make Flaming Cherries Jubilee:

Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 13 minutes

You Will Need:

  • 1 lemon, pare rind from lemon with a vegetable peeler and squeeze juice
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) water, plus little extra
  • 75 g (3 oz) caster sugar
  • 400 g (14 oz) British cherries, stalks and stones removed
  • 4 tablespoons Cointreau or brandy
  • Scoops vanilla ice cream to serve


  1. Add the lemon rind, juice, water and sugar to a small frying pan and simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  2. Boil for 3 minutes until syrupy.
  3. Add the cherries and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until they are softened and the juices have coloured the syrup.
  4. Lift out and discard the lemon rind.
  5. Add the liqueur or brandy and bring just to the boil, flame with a lit match (use extra long ones so you don’t burn fingers) making sure to stand well back then take to the table.
  6. When the flames subside spoon into dishes and serve with scoops of ice cream.


  • Look out for a cherry stoner when you are next shopping, this handy gadget makes light work of pressing out the cherry stones, it is about the size and price of a garlic press, but once you have one, you will wonder how you ever managed without it!

About this post-

Recipe and photo credit by-  Seasonal Berries


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.

Recipe and photo credit by-  Seasonal Berries


  1. Elpiniki
    August 28, 2012 / 8:34 am

    Looks really impressive!!!

    • Clairejustine
      August 31, 2012 / 7:53 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Kit @ i-lostinausten
    August 28, 2012 / 9:51 am

    WOW! This is such a great idea! LOVE it! 🙂

    • Clairejustine
      August 31, 2012 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. Winnie
    August 28, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    Unique and very elegant dessert !:)

    • Clairejustine
      August 31, 2012 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks for the comment Winnie 🙂

  4. Agnes BeaderBubbe
    November 25, 2012 / 2:12 pm

    Love easy desserts…..now if I can get someone else to make them….I'll have it made…have a great day!

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