Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee

  • Prep:
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total: 10 min
  • Serving: Makes 6 servings

Have you ever wondered what desserts were like decades ago, before celebrity chefs, cupcake bakeries and diet sweets were in style? Sure, the fancy neo-desserts of today are innovativeand many are awe-inspiringbut the desserts of the 40s, 50s, and 60s never go out of style. Here is a retro dessert recipe (with a slightly updated twist) to give you a taste of the desserts your parents and grandparents grew up on.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 pound Bing or other dark, sweet cherries, rinsed and pitted (or use frozen pitted cherries)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cherry extract
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream


  1. Whisk sugar and cornstarch together in a pot. Add water and orange juice and let boil over medium heat, stirring until thick. Add cherries and zest and bring back to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Take pot off of heat and stir in cherry extract. Add the brandy and very carefully light with a long match or lighter. Shake pan until flame has extinguished. Spoon cherry mixture over individual bowls of ice cream.

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