National Cherries Jubilee Day
There are many days in the calendar that celebrate different kinds of food, but this day is special because it is dedicated to this delicious dessert. National Cherries Jubilee Day was created to commemorate this unique treat that transforms cherries into something truly spectacular.
This amazing dish is made from fresh cherries that have been cooked in sweet sauce. Then, warmed liqueur (usually kirsch or fruit brandy) is added to the mixture and set alight. The mixture is then poured over vanilla ice cream and set ablaze with a blue flame.
Celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day with enthusiasm!
Auguste Escoffie (famous French writer and chef) created this flambeed dish for Queen Victoria’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Because the cherries are set on fire at the table, the chef wanted it to have a huge impact. The queen was known to be a huge cherry lover and the dish’s name comes from her 50th Jubilee celebration.
Although the original dish didn’t include ice cream in it, that expectation seems to have become a norm for those who serve and eat it. Cherries Jubilee was a huge hit in America and became a favorite in American restaurants during the 1950s and 1960s. This dessert was a show-stopper and would have impressed many home chefs.
The dessert was forgotten for several decades. Today, however, it seems that the dessert has come back in fashion. National Cherries Jubilee Day allows you to enjoy this delicious and dramatic dish.
It should be fun to celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day! These are some creative ways to enjoy the day in a fun and unique way:
This is a beautiful dessert, with a pretty presentation. However, it’s not difficult to make. Cherries Jubilee’s best recipes are simple and straightforward. They don’t require too many sugary or complicated ingredients. The original idea behind the recipe was to make brandy and cherries shine!
Cherries Jubilee recipe:
In a large skillet melt 1 T. butter. Next, add 2 T. sugar to the skillet and stir until combined. Mix 2 cups of pitted cherry with 1 T. lemon. Cook until the juices are released. The liquid will then become a thin syrup. Reduce heat.
Mixture is still warm, so add 2 T. Kirsch (cherry-brandy). Light the mixture on the table with a long match. Serve immediately with ice cream.
Cherries Jubilee would make a great dessert for a dinner party. You might try it out once or twice before you make it. Just be sure everything turns out as expected.