About this recipe: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.
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
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:20min › Ready in:30min
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.
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.
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!