How To Make Candied Cherries
Candying cherries is a great way to preserve cherries that are fresh. Making candied cherries is simple to do and it means your homemade candied cherries won’t be colour dyed like the ones in the shops. They will end up looking a natural dark red colour instead of a bright red colour. They will also taste better than the ones sold in the shops as well.
What you'll need:
450 grams fresh cherries
1 ½ cups sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon
1½ cups water
Cherry pitter (optional)
Heavy based saucepan
Remove the stems of the cherries, rinse and pit the cherries with a cherry pitter.
Pour the water into the saucepan and add the sugar. Bring to a boil on a medium heat
Add the cherries and lemon juice. Simmer for 25 minutes until the syrup is a little thick. Stir near the end of cooking time to make sure cherries are not sticking to the pot.
When the syrup is a deep red and reduced, it’s time to remove from the heat. Let the cherries cool down.
Transfer your candied cherries into the jar.
Candied cherries can be used for Christmas cakes or other baking recipes that require cherries. Once you make candied cherries yourself, you won’t buy them from shops again. You now know what to do with all those cherries.
You can store the candied cherries in a fridge for roughly a week.
You can use frozen cherries, sour or sweet cherries.
You can add the cherries to yoghurts or ice creams.