Cherry compote

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Cherry compote

Stir together the cherries and the sugar in a large bowl and set aside until the cherries have begun to release their juices, 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the red wine and set aside an additional 15 minutes to give the cherries time to absorb it.


Place the clove, allspice and cinnamon on a small sheet of cheesecloth, pull it into a bundle and tie it closed with twine. Place in a wide nonstick skillet and add the cherry mixture.


Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until the liquid from the cherries begins to thicken, 7 to 10 minutes. You’ll know the liquid is thickening when it starts to gather on the side of a spoon, rather than running off quickly.


When the liquid has thickened, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar. Cool to room temperature. Remove the spice bag before serving. Serve over vanilla ice cream.

Russ Parsons is a former food writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.
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