Cherry Compote

Summer had arrived in New England, and it is advantageous to be aware of what fruits are in season when you choose your prospective delicacy, in terms of quality and creativity. July is a time for raspberries, blueberries, melons, and even peaches! However, the growing season for these fruits and berries is long, extending into the fall. Cherries, however, are to be taken advantage of in July. Use tart cherries for baking, like any variety of Morello. While many amateur bakers are tempted to use sweet cherries, like Bing, they are not the optimal choice for baking. Cherries are a June and July fruit, so now is the time to include them, and this recipe is a simple, delicious, and enjoyable way to do just that. 

Cherry compote can be used in a vast array and recipes. Add it to your morning oatmeal or yogurt, use it with (possibly mascarpone) mousse to make a delicious parfait. How about some cherry turnovers or pie?

Yield: 1 1/2 cups


3 1/2 CupsPitted Cherries455g
1/2 CupSugar115g
1/4 CupWater65g
2 TbCornstarch17g
1 TbFresh Lemon Juice18g
1/2 tspVanilla extract3g


  • In a medium saucepan, combine cherries, water, cornstarch, and lemon juice.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until cherries are softened. A useful technique is to check and see if the consistency is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. This takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes, don’t forget to stir occasionally. After the mixture has cooled slightly, stir in the vanilla.
  • Cherry compote can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

How to Pit a Cherry

Pitting cherries can be an unexpectedly rigorous procedure. However, there is an easy way to pit cherries without having to buy a fancy tool. You can cut them in half and pick out the pit, which will leave you with some colorful fingers, and a counter that may look like a crime scene. Or you can use a straw. A fast-food straw will not work, it will just bend. Most people today have reusable straws, either heavy plastic or metal. Remove the stem from the cherry and then just push the straw through the cherry. The pit will come out the other end. Voila!

Happy Baking!

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