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Cherry Spoon Sweet

This is great by itself, but also try it on toast, ice cream, waffles, etc. The beet in the recipe provides extra color as well as earthy flavor.



  1. Place cherries and sugar in a large bowl; toss gently to mix well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Transfer cherries and their syrup to a medium pan and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and syrup comes to a boil, about 10 minutes. Boil gently for three minutes more.
  4. Allow to cool completely, then transfer cherries with a slotted spoon to a clean bowl and set aside.
  5. Boil syrup in pan for one minute over medium heat. Add lemon juice and beets, and continue to boil until syrup reaches 240 degrees F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer (about 15 to 20 minutes).
  6. Add cherries and boil for two minutes.
  7. Remove pan from heat again, and stir in vanilla extract.
  8. Cool completely, then discard beets.
  9. Transfer the mixture to a clean quart jar, and store in the refrigerator.


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