This quick and easy cherry sauce recipe is the perfect accompaniment to your dessert – everything from pound cake to waffles, pudding, cheesecake, ice cream and more! With its silky texture and fabulous flavor, it’s a showstopper!
You’re going love how quick and easy this cherry sauce is to make and how absolutely delicious it is!
If you’re into canning, this sauce is a great way to put the fruits of your labor to use (see my post on how to can cherries). I can cherries every season and on a whim decided to make a dessert that needed a cherry sauce. No need to make a run to the store, I just went into my pantry and grabbed a jar of beautiful bing cherries I canned during the Summer.
You can use also use fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe. Canned cherries are nice option because you can use the cherry-saturated juices in the can as part of the sauce.
This cherry sauce includes fresh lemon juice to provide some contrast with the sweet as well as a touch of almond extract that adds a wonderful depth of flavor. This sauce can be made well in advance but is quick enough that it requires no advance planning.
With a great flavor and silky texture, this Cherry Dessert Sauce will bring your desserts to life!
Cherry Sauce Recipe
Let’s get started!
As I mentioned above, I’m using canned cherries that I prepared this past Summer because the cherry-infused syrup is perfect to use in place of water. However, you can absolutely use fresh or frozen cherries.
Place the cherries and 1/2 cup of their syrup from the can in a small saucepan, or water if using fresh or frozen cherries, along with the sugar, lemon juice and butter. Bring to a boil. If using fresh or frozen cherries, reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 minutes.
Combine the cornstarch with the water and stir it into the sauce, stirring constantly until thickened, about 1 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Cover and store the sauce in the fridge for up to a week.
Serve the sauce warm or at room temperature.
A dessert that features this cherry dessert sauce is Risalamande, Denmark’s most popular dessert!
- 1 1/2 cups canned cherries plus 1/2 cup of the light syrup from the can or fresh or frozen cherries plus 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter vegans: use an oil-based spread
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon quality pure almond extract
- Place the cherries and the syrup or water in a small saucepan along with the sugar, butter and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. If using fresh or frozen cherries, reduce the heat and simmer for another 3 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture, stirring continually until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract.
- Cover and store in the fridge where it will keep for up to a week.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
First published on the The Daring Gourmet Dec 21, 2016
Amy P says
This was so good! I made baked meringue shells and topped them with a cream filling (a package of cream cheese whipped, 1 cup of sugar mixed in, 2 cups of heavy cream added and whipped until thick; left to sit in the fridge until ready to use). Then I topped it all off using this recipe, with morello sour cherries. It was great! A perfect touch of sour to complement the sweet of the meringue and filling. I will definitely be making again (and sharing the recipe)!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Amy, thank you, and your meringues sound fabulous!