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Cherries Jubilee


Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee
© Kirt Edblom / flickr.com / 2014 / CC BY-SA 2.0


Cherries Jubilee is a dessert.

It is basically a cherry sauce over vanilla ice cream.

Pitted cherries are poached in a sugar and water syrup, with cherry brandy added (some say plain brandy), then flamed, and served over vanilla ice cream. It is often prepared in a chafing dish because it's usually flamed at the table in restaurants. When flamed, it can be a spectacular presentation.

The dessert became considered passé and kitsch because it was served at so many group dinners and in so many restaurants, and the quality of it became debased with the use of canned cherries instead of fresh.

History Notes

Cherries Jubilee was in theory invented for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 celebrations by Georges-Auguste Escoffier.


In his book, "Memories of My Life", a footnote identifies the occasion for the creation as the Golden Jubilee.

His original version didn't have ice cream. In his "Le Guide Culinaire", 1903, he also listed a recipe called "Cerises Jubilee." This called for Kirsch, but no still ice cream. He also said that instead of making a simple syrup, red currant jelly could be used, or, he says, the simple syrup can be thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot.

In fact, though, of course, cherries poached in a simple syrup, with no alcohol in them, and unflamed, existed well before any of all this, served in a dish without ice cream.

Cherries Jubilee was popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

Cherries jubilee being prepared in the dining area

Cherries jubilee being prepared in the dining area
© Kirt Edblom / flickr.com / 2014 / CC BY-SA 2.0

See also:

Desserts

Aboukir Almonds; Applesauce; Bananas Foster; Belgian Waffles; Bhapa Doi; Cakes; Cassata Gelata; Cassata; Cherries Jubilee; Chiboust Cream; Compote; Cookies; Cream Tea; Crème d'amandes; Crème Plombières; Cumberland Rum Butter; Deep-Fried Foods; Desserts; Doughnuts; Dumplings; Dutch Crunch Topping; French Toast; Halvah; Hard Sauce; Hattit Kit; Ice Cream; Lemon Curd; Manju; Meringue; Mishti Doi; Mochi; Mousse; Pasticcini; Pastry Cream; Pies & Tarts; Pokerounce; Poor Knights of Windsor; Puddings; Semifreddo; Somloi Galuska; Spumoni; Tavuk Gögsü; Timbale Brillat-Savarin; Tiramisù; Tortoni; Vark; Waffles

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Also called:

Cerises Jubilee (French)

Citation

Oulton, Randal. "Cherries Jubilee." CooksInfo.com. Published 27 June 2004; revised 13 September 2007. Web. Accessed 12/10/2016. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/cherries-jubilee>.

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