Life may not always be a bowl of cherries, but on Cherries Jubilee Day, observed annually on September 24, a luscious treat can provide a jubilant outlook.
This classic dessert was pushed backstage while the more trendy confections, tiramisu and lava cakes, took turns in the spotlight. But this is the holiday on which to bring it back for a standing ovation.
Cherries Jubilee earned its name and fame more than a century ago when it was prepared for one of Queen Victoria’s royal jubilee events. Since then, the recipe has undergone minor tweaks to become a spirited sauce of warmed cherries over a cloud of ice cream.
Preparation and presentation is similar to those of Bananas Foster. The fruit is cooked in a pan, liquor is added, the mixture is flambéed then enjoyed as a topping over ice cream.
To celebrate Cherries Jubilee Day, plan to play with matches and conjure the dessert as an end to your evening meal or as an afternoon snack. You’ll need cherries, sugar and ice cream.
Vanilla is the traditional flavor, but rules are meant to be broken. If you love the Black-Forest flavor of cherries and chocolate, get chocolate ice cream instead. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of cherry liqueur, such as Kirsch.
When you present the treat and witness hot, saucy cherries cascading over ice cream, waste no time getting those pictures online. Partially molten, the dish offers bursting cherries and a sublime cherry cream sauce for an indulgent experience. You will wonder why you hadn’t sampled this sooner.
Cherries Jubilee Day is your chance to be a part of something larger. If everybody posts pictures of their versions online, perhaps this classic masterpiece will reclaim the dessert spotlight .