Spiced Cherry Sauce

Spiced cherry sauce has been in my bookmarks ever since I saw it at Bloodsugar, Graeme’s gorgeous blog. Captured beautifully through his lens, the recipe is quite tempting, that I tried it first thing this Summer, with two variations.

Recently, I have been hooked on to Grains of paradise, a West African spice that has a mild peppery flavour. To me it tastes toasty with ginger and cardamom undertones. I grind some on top of pulao, raita, fruits and even ice cream. And my fondness towards it only seems to grow. In this recipe, I substituted black pepper with grains of paradise.

I also made the sauce in microwave oven in under 4 minutes. For a quick sauce like this, it was very tasty. Thank you Graeme, we really liked it.

Spiced Cherry Sauce
(serves 2)

Ingredients

Cherries – 1 cup, pitted and halved
White wine (I used Pinot Grigio) – ¼ cup
Sugar – 1 tbsp
Lime zest – ¼ tsp
Grains of paradise or black pepper – ¼ tsp, cracked
Corn flour – 1 tbsp
Water – ¼ cup

Method

Note: Microwave times may vary depending on the appliance.

Take cherries, wine, sugar and zest in a glass bowl, and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after every 30 seconds. Add grains of paradise or black pepper, mix. Whisk corn flour in water and add to the cherry mixture. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after every 30 seconds. Let rest for a minute and serve warm over ice cream. We had ours topped with crushed amaretti cookies (Italian almond cookies).

This is my entry to Monthly Blog Patrol, an event started by Coffee. This month, Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen is guest hosting the event themed on fruits. This is also my entry to Think Spice, conceived and hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s World. This popular event has turned one this month.

29 comments:

sunita said...

That sauce looks gorgeous Sug ...thanks for sending it over :-)

Nirmala said...

Such an easy sauce ? I think I can try them with the plums available here in this season! What can I substitue for white wine?

Aparna said...

This sauce looks and sounds delicious. Never heard of Grains of Paradise.
Thanks for participating in MBP: Fruit Fare, Suganya.

Srivalli said...

well everything looks awesome!..that spice sounds great!..bring this if you can ok..:)

Pearlsofeast said...

Beautiful Suganya,Wonderfuly captured and how interesting,I made some ammerrti biscuits today.The cherry sauce looks stunning

Sangeeth said...

ofcourse its a lovely click....n the jams colour is so luring.....

Vaishali said...

Suganya, those grains of paradise sound intriguing. I have to look for those. Lovely pictures, as usual.

Vanamala said...

Wonderful sauce ... never knew this ... nice pics

Tee said...

I am drooling! Looks divine!!

Bhawana said...

this is wonderful. and ur pics too looks very tempting and great. You have a great blog dear.

Divya Vikram said...

Gorgeous looking sauce that too under four minutes!

ushaprashanth said...

Hi Suganya!
Spiced sauce on Ice cream!!!! good Idea. lovely pics!!!!!

Sia said...

never heard of grains of paradise and i am truly intrigued. where do u get it Sug? i will see if we have any African stores around.

sra said...

That's gorgeous!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks awesome. Sounds delicious.

Cynthia said...

Be still my heart - the cherry sauce. :)

An Indian's makeup musings said...

Love your pics! I made a cherry cobbler sometime back and absolutely loved the cherry sauce...will try the spiced version next time. I never liked any cherry flavored things but the real fruit is delightfully tasty!

Sabina said...

Wonderful post - the sauce sounds soooo good!!

Rajani said...

looks amazing, very rich! and grains of paradise? lovely name for a spice!! never tried it-will see where i can get it!

Linda said...

Suganya, what a concept! Peppered cherries. I love it!! Your photos are lovely as always :)

bee said...

like a compote - it would work for a whole range of fruit. grains of paradise sound fantastic.

Priti said...

Sauce looks fab..and so easy..thts nice..Lovely entry

Gattina said...

your photos are just amasing! Bravo!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, this cherry sauce would be splendid on so many different desserts. Thank you for a simply delicious recipe.

Tartelette said...

It's been ages since I have had birds of paradise but I really liked them and I can imagine how good the cherries would be with them!

Cynthia said...

that looks incredibly luscious with all those hunks of cherries! i do love a chunky jam! :)

SweetDesigns said...

ohhh wow...I recently played with cherry jam..and I think I have to tweak it to form a spice cherry form. Those pictures are amazing and is sounds sooo wonderful!!

raaji said...

vow tha sauce looks real tempting ...

arathi shankar said...

hi suganya,
im a new visitor!!, i have started to follow ur blog regularly now..:)
i tried this amaretti cookies..looking at ut post..but it just didnt come ot well..:( the cookies went flat .didnt puff up..and i didnt use the egg whites..i used flax seed paste..is that why it happened?? plsss...let me know........

thanks
arathi

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