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How to Make Cherry Compote (& how to use it!)

How to Make Cherry Compote

During cherry season, one of my favorite things to make with cherries is a compote – it’s so simple to make, and you can do so many things with it! We like to put cherry compote on top of ice cream, plain yogurt, pancakes, toast, and even brownies!

Here’s how easy it is to make a cherry compote:

*What you need

You’ll need 3 cups of pitted cherries (HERE is an easy trick to get those done quickly!), the juice of one orange, a teaspoon or so of cinnamon, and 1/3 cup of water. If your cherries aren’t sweet, or if you’re using another fruit that needs sweetened, you may want to sprinkle in some sugar or sweetener of your choice as well. I’ve never added sugar to my cherry compote, and it’s always been plenty sweet!

Combine these ingredients in a covered saucepan on the stove, and turn the heat on medium-high to bring it to a simmer. Your house will smell SO SO GOOD.

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How to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

The Easy Way to Pit Cherries

Here in Greece, we’re in the middle of cherry season! I love going to the open market and buying a big bag of just-picked beautiful cherries. My little ones love to sit around a bowl-full of them and eat and eat.

After a few days though, I try to do something different with the abundance of whatever-fruit-is-in-season that we have.  Since that fruit is cherries right now, that means I need to pit cherries. That can be a dreaded task, but it doesn’t have to be! It took just a few minutes in the kitchen to get through a whole bag of them to turn into cherry compote. It was so easy to pit the cherries that, after a couple of minutes, I turned the job over to my 7-year-old who thoroughly enjoyed her new job. 😉

The Easy Way to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

Here’s How:

First, get a straw. Those nice strong ones from a cold-cup-tumbler work really well!

Push the straw from the bottom of the cherry up through toward the stem. You’ll feel the straw hit the pit and you’ll  just push it right out with the stem.

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