During Toppings month on Scoop Adventures, I have featured a crunchy topping, chocolate topping, and peanut butter topping. For my last toppings recipe of the month, I figured it was about time for a fruity topping. One of my favorite fruit toppings is Amarena Cherries. I did some research about how to make Amarena Cherries...yeah not possible...unless you live in Adriatic region of the world. Apparently Amarena cherries are a special variety of sour cherries that grow in the Mediterranean climate. And the recipe for preserving the cherries in a sweet syrup appears to be a well-hidden secret. I figure my best bet is to order some online.
So I decided to try to make the second best thing - Sour Cherry Sauce. I found a recipe for a sauce made with fresh sour cherries (most of you lucky people in Michigan know what I'm talking about) and adapted the recipe to make a sauce with dried sour cherries. I know there are probably better fruit sauces to make in Louisiana right now (blueberry, peach, plum, and citrus to name a few) but most are not in season and I really wanted cherries. I did not disappoint myself. Enjoy!
Sour Cherry Sauce
Adapted recipe from Fat & Happy
I made this recipe with dried cherries, but if you have access to fresh sour cherries by all means use this recipe to make a sauce.
1 1/2 cups dried sour or tart cherries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved and liquid is reduced by one third. Cool completely. Serve on top of your favorite scoop!