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Candied Cherries

No recipe image available.Here's an easy recipe to candy and preserve fresh cherries. Use them in baked goods, to top cakes and desserts and other goodies.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound fresh (sweet or sour) cherries, rinsed, stemmed and pitted
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 fresh lemon
1 cup apple juice

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a non-reactive saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Add the cherries and the lemon half. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the syrup is red and slightly thick, about 20 minutes.
  2. Cover and let stand 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.
  3. Strain the cherries, reserving the syrup, and set them aside.
  4. Discard the lemon half and add the apple juice to the reserved syrup.
  5. Bring the syrup to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Return the cherries to the syrup, reduce the heat and cook slowly until the syrup is thick, about 220°F (105°C) on a candy thermometer.
  6. Remove from heat and cool. The cherries can be stored in a tightly covered container for at least six months in the refrigerator.

Makes about 1 quart.