Chef Mark Shares A Recipe That Is Sure To Brighten Our Valentine’s Day

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Chef Mark returns to Living Well just in time for Valentine’s Day. So, if you don’t have plans for dessert just yet–here’s an idea you can try that is sure to please your Valentine!

Here’s the recipe:

“My Sweet Valentine Cherries Jubilee”

Treat your sweetie to this classic lover’s dessert. “Prepare it tableside, and show your stuff!”

Presented by Certified Executive Chef Mark Shoopman of Lutheran Hillside Village.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup White sugar

2 tablespoons Cornstarch

1/4 cup Water

1/4 cup Orange juice

1 pound Bing or other dark, sweet cherries, rinsed and pitted (or use frozen pitted or canned cherries)

1/2 teaspoon Finely grated orange zest

1/4 teaspoon Cherry extracts

1/4 cup Kirshwasser or brandy of your choice. Must be 80 Proof to flambé appropriately.

4 cups Vanilla Bean ice cream

Method:

Quickly whisk together the sugar and cornstarch in a wide saucepan. Stir in the water and orange juice; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking until thickened. Gently stir in the cherries and orange zest, return to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer until thickened, about 8-10 minutes.

While the cherries are cooking, spoon the ice cream into your choice of serving vessel. Remember to be creative and use some decorations such as sauces to paint a heart on the plate or small edible flowers etc… Use your romantic imagination!

Remove the cherries from the heat, and stir in the cherry extract. Pour in the brandy, and ignite with a long lighter. You want to ignite the fumes and not the liquid. Gently shake the pan until the blue flame has extinguished itself.

Please be careful when flambéing– paying attention to anything flammable above and around where you ignite the cherries. When the initial large flame has died down, a small blue flame will continue to burn for several seconds. Shake or stir the cherries gently to expose more alcohol to the flame, being careful that they do not burn. The goal is to have the small, blue flame burn for as long as possible, thereby reducing the raw alcohol flavor, caramelizing the sugars, and entertaining your guests!

Serves 6

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