August 15, 2010

Brandied Cherries

Each August, residents of the beautiful state of Montana welcome Flathead Cherries. "Flathead" isn't a variety of cherries,but refers to the region around Montana's Flathead Lake, which is located in the western part of the state. Many varieties of cherries are grown there, including Lapin, Sweetheart, Rainier, Van, Stella, Lambert, and Skeena.

This is the second year I've made these brandied cherries. This year I bought 13 pounds of cherries and put up 14 jars! They are delicious over vanilla ice cream and would be wonderful over a nice custard pudding or pound cake. Anybody who comes up to Montana to visit me and my gardener goes home with a jar of these beauties!

Brandied Cherries - recipe from here
6# dark, sweet cherries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup lemon juice
1 ¼ cups brandy

Wash and pit cherries. Combine sugar, water, and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Bring to boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Add cherries and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in brandy. Pack hot cherries into hot sterilized jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Ladle the hot syrup over cherries, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust rings and seals. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Makes about 6 pints of brandied cherries.


  1. I looove cherries!!!
    they look amazing!!!

  2. Oh, Karen! First you send me your recipe, and now you show me these beautiful jars of cherries. Thank you so much. By the way, the neighbor told me these are lapins.

  3. Hi Karen - fellow Montanan here (from Bigfork) and just had to tell you how beautiful your cherries are! I look forward to checking out your past posts.

  4. What a great idea! These would be so delicious over ice cream or with french toast!

  5. Oh, those looks so good. I love looking at anything in canning jars. I bet they are delicious too.

  6. I can't wait to taste them. And I don't know why you need a new camera....yours takes great pictures.

  7. Wow, these cherries look so the photo...beautiful!

  8. What do I have to do for a quart of these brandied cherries? They look amazing!

  9. Looks so good, and pretty! :)

  10. I simply love this post Karen, and just finished making some winter beach plum brandy. Those cherries look awesome! Hmm.. maybe we can barter kiddo? LOL :) I think your christmas resipient list just grew by miles! xo

  11. Simplicity plus perfection equals taste!


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