Ukrainian Brandied Cherries




Cherries with stems
4 cups sugar
1-1/2 cup water


Use perfect, undamaged, plump cherries of a good flavor and with stems. Wash the cherries carefully without breaking the stems. Spread them on a cloth to drain. Combine the sugar with the water and boil until the syrup is fairly thick. Cool the syrup slightly and measure it. Add the brandy, allowing 1 cup of brandy to 1 cup of syrup. Arrange the cherries, stems up, in a sterilized sealer, taking care not to overcrowd them. Fill with the brandy syrup and seal.

Store in a cool place for about 3 months. Drain off the syrup (use it in pudding sauces) and remove the cherries carefully. Spread them on absorbent paper and dry slightly.

Dip each cherry individually in melted semisweet chocolate to coat evenly and form a seal. Place on a lightly buttered waxed paper and allow to harden. Store the cherries in a cold place and use as a confection.

Author's Comments

A drunken cherry is the Ukrainian name for this confection.

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