Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cherries Jubilee Day

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By Chef Diane

This year marks the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.  Celebrating her 75 years of ruling with events planned in several countries.  You may have read about the photo scandal involving Kate, Williams wife.  They were in another country celebrating the Queen's jubilee when she was photographed at a private home while she was sunbathing topless.  These pictures were published, but a lawsuit was filed and Kate was victorious.  Even though she won, the pictures are still out in the public.
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In Queen Victoria's day I imagine there were not that kind of scandals. In fact during her Jubilee celebration a new dessert was created.  Having seen pictures of Queen Victoria, one can only imagine that she preferred desserts over sunbathing topless.

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Cherries Jubilee is made with cherries and liqueur, it is flambéed, then served over ice cream.  According to Wikipedia, the recipe is generally credited to Auguste Escoffier.  There have been many variations on the idea of flambéed fruit since Escoffier's time, the most famous being Bananas Foster. Other variations include Mangos Diablo (mangos flambéed in tequila) and Pêches Louis (peaches flamed in whiskey).
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Today is Cherries Jubilee Day.  You can act like a queen today when you have this majestic desert.  Below is a recipe from the website allrecipes.com.  Give it a try and enjoy!

Cherries Jubilee

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 pound Bing or other dark, sweet cherries, rinsed and pitted (or use frozen pitted cherries)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cherry extract
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream


Directions
  1. Whisk together the sugar and cornstarch in a wide saucepan. Stir in the water and orange juice; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking until thickened. Stir in the cherries and orange zest, return to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. While the cherries are cooking, spoon the ice cream into serving bowls.
  2. Remove the cherries from the heat, and stir in the cherry extract. Pour in the brandy, and ignite with a long lighter. Gently shake the pan until the blue flame has extinguished itself. Spoon the cherries over the bowls of ice cream.
I'm off to the kitchen...
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