Cherries Jubilee

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Make this easy, flaming dessert: Cherries Jubilee for your next holiday get-together or special occasion. Congrats to the winner of the giveaway: linseyclair@

I am a creature of habit. Or I suppose another way to look at it is that I embrace tradition. Especially when it comes to food.

My family was like that when I was growing up. Certain dishes were always served at the holidays. When we had guests, Mom did it up big, including this amazing flaming dessert called Cherries Jubilee.

It was always so much fun to watch her pour a hot, sweet cherry mixture into her silver chafing dish and then set it on fire!

You know we kids loved that one. The brandy fumes burned off and what was left was this rich warm topping to serve with vanilla ice cream. If Mom was really on her game, she scooped the ice cream before hand so that each glass dish was nice and frosty.

You rock, Mom.

Recently, Eagle Brand invited me to try one of their recipes and pair it with a family favorite. As I looked through their list, my eyes lit on the Vanilla Ice Cream. I didn’t know you could make ice cream with sweetened, condensed milk!

Who invented Cherries Jubilee?

And then my thoughts went to Mom’s Cherries Jubilee. Perfect! What a great pairing to assemble. I hadn’t had the dish in years, not since we started our own family, and therefore, our own family traditions.

Cherries Jubilee is quite an old dessert! It was invented by Auguste Escoffier in 1897 in honor of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. 

What ingredients do you need to make Cherries Jubilee?

  • Bing Cherries
  • Cornstarch
  • Brandy

So, I splurged on very expensive canned Bing cherries and texted my mom incessantly until she sent me a photo of her stained yellow cookbook, circa 1971. The kids were uber-impressed by my mad pyrotechnic skills. Once I figured out how to use the long lighter hubby bought me just for the occasion.

How do you make Cherries Jubilee?

This is the version that I deciphered from her blurry iPhone pic. This is a pretty easy and straightforward recipe. But, the flaming death part of it gives you the wow factor to impress folks, especially on Christmas or New Year’s.

Here is how you make it:

  1. In a medium skillet or chafing dish, pour the juice from the cherries. Add the cornstarch and whisk until well combined. Heat until the mixture begins to boil and thicken, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in the cherries and heat them through.
  3. Heat brandy in a saucepan until warm. Do not boil.
  4. Pour the brandy over the cherry mixture and light it with a long match or BBQ lighter. Ooh and ahh and pat yourself on the back for being so stinking awesome.
  5. Allow the flame to burn off the alcohol.
  6. Serve the warm cherry mixture over ice cream.

I’m going to play with the flavors a little next time. I’ve got some ideas, so be prepared for Cherries Jubilee II. I might have found a new old tradition.

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20 No-Bake Desserts | Good Cheap Eats
Cherries Jubilee
Summary: adapted from the Pillsbury Family Cookbook, 1971
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 380 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 15- ounce can undrained pitted Bing cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet or chafing dish, pour the juice from the cherries. Add the cornstarch and whisk until well combined. Heat until the mixture begins to boil and thicken, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in the cherries and heat them through.
  3. Heat brandy in a saucepan until warm. Do not boil.
  4. Pour the brandy over the cherry mixture and light it with a long match or BBQ lighter. Ooh and ahh and pat yourself on the back for being so stinking awesome.
  5. Allow the flame to burn off the alcohol.
  6. Serve the warm cherry mixture over ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
Cherries Jubilee
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380
% Daily Value*
Sodium 17mg1%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 55g61%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3774IU75%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

You don’t have to do the flaming brandy part of the show, but it will make you a rockstar mom in your kids’ eyes.

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Comments

  1. Jessica S says

    Don’t waste your time or money on that ice cream! I have tried a few recipes using SCM and it is horrible! Way too icky sweet and fake.. Stick with a good homemade base!

    • Jessica says

      @Jessica S, we loved the Vanilla Ice Cream from this recipe. It didn’t taste fake at all.

  2. Mary S says

    Cherries are my son’s favorite fruit and Cherries Jubilee is one of their favorite desserts.

  3. Laura c says

    I make peach ice cream using sweetened condensed milk and its wonderful.

  4. Sandi says

    That’s one heck of a prize pack! Wow. I’ve not heard of making ice cream with SCM, so I’ll have to give it a shot. I lurve cherries but have never made the jubilee. I’ve eaten it elsewhere, just not on my own. I might have to give it a try. How outrageously expensive were the cherries?

    “Embrace traditions” sounds ever so much nicer than “creature of habits”. 🙂

  5. heather says

    I love condensed milk in my coffee. Great giveaway I pray I win this one. Merry Christmas.

  6. Julie says

    has the winner been announced yet ? th anks

    • Jessica says

      @Julie, just did. Thanks for the reminder. I took a long break over the holidays.

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