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Close up compote in a mason jar on a plate, with fresh cherries and leaves.

Cherry compote

Author: Sarah Brooks
This quick and easy cherry compote is made without orange juice and is a cinch to make with just four ingredients. Perfect over cheesecake or your favorite desserts.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 serves, approx ¼ each or 1 & ½ cups total.
Calories 88 kcal


  • 3 cups (500gms) fresh or frozen cherries
  • 3 tablespoons (45mls) maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon almond essence
  • ½ teaspoon tapioca starch


  • Remove the cherries from the stems and pit them with a cherry pitter. Cut the cherries into halves or quarters, depending on how big they are.
  • Add the sliced pitted cherries, maple syrup and almond essence to a small pot on the stove. Add the tapioca starch to a small bowl with ½ tablespoon of water and mix to form a slurry. Add to the pot with the cherries.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and bring to the boil. Remove the lid and simmer with the lid off for about ten minutes, or until the compote thickens slightly. It will thicken more as it cools.
  • Serve immediately warm, or allow to cool before transferring to a heat-proof container and chilling in the fridge until ready to use.


I used fresh cherries but you could try using pitted frozen cherries or canned cherries if fresh are unavailable.  
I have kept the flavors simple in this compote but you can mix things up by adding some booze, spices or other flavors.
You can freeze this compote but it is not suitable for home canning.  


Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.05gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 76IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.

Keywords: cherry coulis, cherry sauce, stone fruit
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