Forget the things that come in jars at the store. You know, the bright red or green things that, honestly, it is difficult to believe have anything to do with a cherry. Make your own. They keep for a long time in the fridge (several weeks) as long as they stay submerged in their syrup. Here is a recipe for about a cup and half of cherries and liquid combined. Use any extra syrup on pancakes or french toast later.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 oz lemon juice
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 star anise (4 segments)
- 1/2 lb cherries (use frozen unless you have a glut of fresh)
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
Boil the water, sugar, star anise, and lemon juice until the sugar dissolves. Add the cherries and almond extract and simmer for 10 minutes.