When cherries are in season, it's always dessert time. Always. Here's a little something to drizzle over everything sweet you eat.
1 cup pitted red cherries
¼ cup sugar
½ lemon, juice and zest
½ vanilla bean, cut lengthwise*
pinch of salt
In a small pot combine the cherries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a small pinch of salt. Cook over medium low heat, stirring until the fruit breaks down and releases juices. Continue to stir, adding a tiny bit of water if there is not enough moisture. As the sauce cooks, smash the cherries slightly with the back of a spoon. The sauce is finished when it coats the back of a spoon.
Serve over vanilla or chocolate ice cream or with cake.
*You can skip the vanilla bean all together, use ½ teaspoon vanilla extract instead, or use the vanilla bean pod leftover after scraping out the vanilla beans for another recipe.