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How To Make A Flaming Cherries Jubilee

Seasonal Berries
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.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 4


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Boil for 3 minutes until syrupy.
  • Add the cherries and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until they are softened and the juices have coloured the syrup.
  • Lift out and discard the lemon rind.
  • 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.
  • 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!