Valentine’s Day is coming. So, it’s time for a beautiful dessert. Red if possible.
I’ve done cherries in red wine before and we loved it. But always as a canning recipe. And I wondered, could I do it more simply, as a standard (not canned) recipe?
And would it work with an artificial sweetener for dieters? In the end, it was all possible. And so worth it.
Now of course, NO ONE would think a Valentine’s dessert needs to be healthy. But what if the dessert is so good you want to have it other days? Then, a little healthier is always good.
In this Burrata with Cherries in Wine Sauce, the cheese provides protein and calcium while the sauce delivers healthy fruit. The combo comes off as sweet, rich, creamy and slightly sophisticated. Pretty win-win as dessert goes.
And I won’t mention it’s healthier, if you don’t…
- • 1 vanilla bean
- • 1 ½ cups red wine.
- • ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns
- • ¼ teaspoon fennel
- • 1 bay leaf
- • Cinnamon stick
- • 3 sprigs thyme
- • 1/3 cup sugar or sugar equivalent sweetener (or to taste)
- • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- • 28 pitted cherries, frozen okay (a generous cup)
- • ½ teaspoon cornstarch to thicken (optional)
- • 8 ounces Burrata balls (2 balls)
- Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and strip out seeds. Add seeds and pod to a small saucepan with the wine and the other herbs. Cook on medium high until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Strain out the spices.
- Return the spiced wine to the pot. Add cherries, zest and sugar (or sweetener, see note) then cook until cherries are tender and syrup is reduced a bit more, about 10 minutes. Adjust sugar if desired.
- Optionally, you can thicken the syrup by combining the cornstarch with a tablespoon of the wine syrup, then stirring back in and cooking to thicken.
- Cut the two burrata balls into quarters and place in two quarters each into four serving bowls. Top with warm cherries and syrup. Serve immediately
- If you use a sweetener containing erythritol be aware that there may be some crystals formed if the syrup cools. Simply reheat to dissolve them and be sure to serve warm.
Sweet Valentine’s Day Desserts
- Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Tarts by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Burrata with Cherries in Wine by Art of Natural Living
- Cake Batter Fudge by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chocolate Coconut Dream Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Easy Mississippi Mud Pie by That Recipe
- Keto Chocolate Mug Cake by Our Good Life
- Sweetheart Brownies by Red Cottage Chronicles
- Valentine Brown Sugar Bars by Family Around the Table
- Valentine’s M&M’s Cookie Bars by Blogghetti
- Lemon Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
- Skinny Strawberry Gimlet