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Naturally Sweetened Cherry Compote Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1.5 Cups


  • 3 cups Harry & David® Cherries (pitted and halved)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Wash cherries well and pat dry. Remove stems and pit cherries using a cherry pitter or a paring knife.
  • Add all ingredients except vanilla extract to a saucepan and stir well. Cover and bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat and allow mixture to continue cooking at a controlled boil covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove cover and continue cooking at a gentle boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove compote from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Use immediately or transfer to a sealable jar and refrigerate. Note: compote will thicken as it sits in the refrigerator. Compote keeps for 10 days when stored in a sealed jar.
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