Very Berry Cherry Sundaes – with a Fresh Cherry Compote

It’s time for ice cream again! We spotted some lovely cherries on offer this week and  in my book there’s nothing better or easier than making a batch of sweet cherry compote ready to spoon over some ice cream on a sunny day. You can also use the cherry compote to serve with plain yoghurt for breakfast. If you don’t like whole cherry pieces, you could blitz the compote down into a puree, too. I used strawberry ice cream, making our ice cream sundaes super fruity! If you wanted to go all out and make your own ice cream, you could stir your cherry compote through some vanilla ice cream to make a cherry ripple type of thing.

Fresh Cherry Compote
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Serves: 4-6
  • 500 g fresh cherries
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 120 ml water
  1. Put the cherries into a pan with the water and sugar and bring to the boil. Cook on a gentle heat for 15 minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure the cherries are not sticking. Add a few tablespoons of extra water if the pan is running out of liquid at all.
  2. After 15 minutes the cherries should be soft and you will have a lovely, dark sauce. If the cherries are still a little firm, cook for up to ten minutes more, again, adding water if needed.
  3. Leave the compote to cool completely before spooning onto ice cream. Store it cooled and covered in the fridge for up to three days if not using straight away. You can also whizz the sauce using a stick blender for a smoother cherry sauce.

I’m sending these Very Berry Cherry Sundaes over to Kavey for her Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream June blog event – the theme is fruit!

And also to Laura who is looking after Simple and in Season this month over at How to Cook Good Food as British cherries are just coming into season! Thank you Laura.


Enjoy! What’s your favourite summer fruit?


    • Ren says

      Thank you Kavey, hope its ok for your blog event. Next time will try and make my own ice cream again, too :-)

  1. says

    This looks so beautiful, I love it Ren! This is such a good time of year for fruits and cherries are one of my favourites. Compotes are are great idea as they are so versatile and keep well in the fridge. I may have this with some chocolate ice cream I think and a blob of cream!
    Thanks for entering into Simple and in Season and thanks for letting me host this month. it has been brilliant :)x

    • Ren says

      Thank you Laura, keeping an eye out for more cherries, I love them. Mnnnn chocolate and cherry is a fab combo, must try this compote with a lovely rich chocolate ice scream next :-)