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“Cherries Jubilee” • April 1, 2006

Another flaming delight!!

This is another of THE Boss’ recipes from back in college when he was hustling tips at a fancy restaurant.  (And I’ve got a sneaky idea that THE Boss might have been hustling more than tips — GUYS!!)

Anyway, back to Cherries Jubilee.  Miss DNA thinks it was created to celebrate Queen Victoria’s anniversary but that might not be right.  Regardless, it’s been around for a long while — but it is still just as yummy and still just as wicked!

And just as neat — it’s really easy to do!!!

Here’s all you need to make it for 4 to 6 folks:

1 16 ounce can of pitted dark sweet cherries.  (You can use fresh cherries, but that’s more work!  Of course, if a male is doing the work, then fresh cherries would be fine!!!  But — see the info about juice down below.  I don’t know how to get the needed cherry juice when using fresh.)

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/ 4 cup brandy, (this is what we’ll use to flame it)

1 fireplace match or wood splint

1 big scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream for each person.

Just like we did with Bananas Foster, we want to scoop out the ice cream before hand and then stash the bowls in the freezer.  If you don’t have bowls that can go from cold to hot quickly, then wait to scoop the ice cream until it’s needed.

Drain the cherries into a bowl and keep about half of the juice.  (This is the real problem with using fresh cherries — where do you get the juice? I still haven’t figured this out so Roger has been exempted from pitting cherries!)

In a big skillet like we used for Bananas Foster, add the cherry juice you saved, the sugar, and the cornstarch.  Cook over medium heat until the sauce is thick and bubbly.  Then add the cherries and cook them in the sauce for a couple of minutes to warm them up.

Pour the brandy in a metal ladle, and rest it inside the hot sauce until it almost simmers — a minute or so.  Then lift the ladle up out of the sauce, strike the fireplace match, dim the lights, and hold the lit match about an inch above the ladle to ignite the brandy and then pour it carefully down over the sauce and cherries!  Obviously, you need to BE CAREFUL doing this.  Not only do you not want to set anything on fire, but you don’t want to splash anything hot, (or burning!) on you or anyone else.  Practice this a few times before you make a “public” appearance.

As soon as the brandy flames out, bring out the ice cream filled bowls and ladle the cherries and sauce over the ice cream!!  Woo-Hoo!!  Super Yummy!

This is also not only a really delicious dessert but also a pretty dramatic one.  You can wow your next dinner party with it!  But BE CAREFUL and practice before hand!!

One variation that you might try is adding a little grated orange peal when you add the cherries.  Some folks like the added citrus flavor (and I’m one of them!!!)



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