Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

A sweet Scandinavian recipe adapted from Moosewood Cookbook. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • 1 12 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 -4 tablespoons sugar
  • 14 cup lemon juice
  • 12 teaspoon grated lemon zest (the grated outer yellow rind)
  • 34 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 cup slivered almonds, blanched, optional (To blanch almonds, place them in a colander over a sink. Pour boiling water over them, and rub off t)
  • Toppings

  • whipped cream
  • whipped ricotta cheese (To whip ricotta, beat it vigorously with a whisk, or at high speed with an electric mixer)
  • cheese
  • plain yogurt, with a few blanched almonds folded in


  1. Place cherries in a heavy medium-sized saucepan, and cook over medium heat, covered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and sugar in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and whisk until smooth. Stir this into the hot cherries, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thick, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest, almond extract, and slivered almonds.
  4. Serve hot, warm, room, temperature, or cold, top with whipped cream, whipped ricotta, or yogurt. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Yum! I used fresh cherries and toasted almonds. It was sublime over low fat vanilla ice cream. Next time I want to try it with the ricotta, which also sounds delicious.

Maito June 10, 2010

Made my life easier and used water-packed, pitted cherries. I love the flavour combination of cherry/almond. This recipe couldn't have been easier and was simply delicious. Thanks.

evelyn/athens June 06, 2010