Sour Cherry Compote


  • 1 1/4 lb fresh Champlain Orchards sour cherries, stemmed

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2/3 cup water

  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water (preferably French)


  1. Pit cherries over a bowl to catch any juices.

  2. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a 3-quart saucepan, then add water and any cherry juice, whisking until smooth. Add cherries and bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring. Boil, stirring, 2 minutes, then drain in a sieve set over a bowl.

  3. Return juices to saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until syrup is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in rose water, then pour syrup over cherries in a bowl and cool.