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450g/1lb Whole Cherries

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick

150ml/5fl.oz. Brandy




1. Prepare the jars (see notes below). Use smaller jars.


2. Prick the whole, unstoned cherries all over with a large needle and set aside.


3.  Place half  the sugar in a saucepan together with 300ml/10 fl.oz. Water. Dissolve the sugar, stirring, over a medium heat and continue to cook for a few minutes. 


4. Add the cherries, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.


5. Remove the heat from the pan and drain the cherries, reserving the cooking syrup. Discard the cinnamon stick. Allow the cherries to cool.


6.  Add the remaining sugar to the reserved syrup in a saucepan then heat slowly, stirring, to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and continue to boil for 2 minutes. 


7. Remove from the heat , transfer to a heatproof measuring jug and allow to cool.


8.  Add an equal quantity of brandy to the cooled syrup and mix well.


9. Fill the jars with the cherries to within 2.5cm/1 inch of the tops then top with the brandy syrup to within 1cm/1/2 inch of the top.


10. Cover, seal and label (see notes below).



Notes:    See also General preparations


Jars - Use jars which are free from cracks, chips or flaws. Prepare the jars by washing well in warm soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. Dry the jars in a cool oven (140C, 275F, Gas Mark 1).  Fill whilst still warm.


Filling the jars  Fill with the fruit to within 2.5cm/1 inch of the top. Pour over the preserving liquid (vinegar,  alcohol etc., to within 1cm/ inch of the top, making sure the fruit are completely covered with the liquid. Cover with a waxed disc (wax side down), Immediately  place a cellophane disc over the top then cover with a screw top lid.


Storage Store in a cool dark place for 1 month.










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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.


Chop to To cut into pieces of approximately the same size


Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.


Tips, Options and Substitutions

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Main equipment required to make this recipe


Chopping Knife

Chopping Board


Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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