With the exception of raspberries cherries are my favorite fruits – big, fat, luscious, dark, ripe cherries! This Tuesday they appeared at our local market and pretty soon there will be signs along the roads “Cerises à vendre”. But of course, I could not wait. So I bought three kilos, then dove deep into my basement where I keep empty glass jars that I collect all year long. The jars and their lids were sterilized in the hottest cycle of my dishwasher and the cherries pitted. Dirty work, only made sweeter by rewarding myself after every twentieth pitted cherry or so by popping one into my mouth - yum!
And then things progress rather fast: Mix the cherries with jam sugar, bring to the boil, boil vigorously for three minutes, fill jars, close and stand upside down for five minutes. Put upright, let cool, label and be proud.