Flambéed Cherries with Ice Cream

    30 min

    A great dessert to make when you have guests. Sweetened cherries are simmered with flavourings, then flambeed with brandy and served with vanilla ice cream.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 100g caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 4 tablespoons orange juice
    • 450g dark, sweet cherries, rinsed and pitted
    • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 tablespoons brandy
    • 750ml vanilla ice cream

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Mix together the sugar and cornflour in a wide saucepan. Stir in the water and orange juice. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat, whisking until thickened. Stir in the cherries and orange zest, return to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. While the cherries are cooking, spoon the ice cream into serving bowls.
    2. Remove the cherries from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour in the brandy and ignite with a long lighter. Gently shake the pan until the blue flame has extinguished itself. Spoon the cherries over the bowls of ice cream.

    Cook's note

    The flames may get quite high when flambeing, so pay attention to anything flammable above and around where you ignite the cherries. When the initial large flame has died down, a small blue flame will continue to burn for several seconds. Shake or stir the cherries gently to expose more alcohol to the flame, being careful that they do not burn. The goal is to have the small, blue flame burn for as long as possible, thereby reducing the raw alcohol flavour, caramelising the sugars and entertaining your guests!

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    Delicious & easy to make. I didn't have any cherry extract on hand, so I followed a previous reviewer's advice & substituted with almond extract. Unfortunately we lit the pan outside, and couldn't see the blue flame because it was too bright out. We could hear the flame interestingly enough & feel the heat, so we knew it worked. My advice would be to light the flame in a darker setting so you can enjoy the display. We'll do this one again.  -  08 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Makes great pie filling! I had a bunch of fresh cherries to use up, and almost all the recepies I was interested in needed pie filling. I came across this and thought - 2 desserts in one! Sometimes cherry pie filling is just too "cherry". I like rich flavor that comes from the addition of orange and brandy. Plus I used almond extract instead of cherry extract. We ate 2 servings of it right away as Cherries Jubilee, and saved the left overs for Cherry Crisp the next day. Wonderful!  -  05 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent and I made a few substitions. I used 1/2 teas Brandy extract and 1/2 teas vanilla extract instead of the brand and cherry extract. Whole family loved it!  -  01 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)