Heston’s Spiced cherry compote

Perfect with his Black Forest Buche

"Cherries and chocolate are made for each other and this silky smooth compote adds a spicy kick to the chocolate buche. Drizzle it over delicately and it looks amazing too." Heston


390g jar Opies Black Cherries With Kirsch
2 tbsp fruit sugar
1 x ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
4 drops almond essence
4 drops Waitrose Balsamic Vinegar
570g frozen Heston from Waitrose Black Forest Buche (defrosted)
1 Heston from Waitrose Vanilla Salt, to serve


1. Strain the cherries, reserving 100g of the syrup from the jar.

2. Place the cherries and the reserved syrup with the fruit sugar and cinnamon in a small saucepan over a medium heat, and simmer until the amount of liquid has reduced by half.

3. Using a hand-held blender, blitz the cherry mixture for 30 seconds. Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to ensure everything passes through.

4.  Stir in the almond essence and balsamic vinegar, then set aside to cool completely. To serve, drizzle compote over slices of Black Forest Buche, and sprinkle with vanilla salt.

Serves: 8 - 10

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1108.76kJ
Fat 11.9g
Saturated Fat 6.7g
Carbohydrate 32.5g
Sugars 28.1g
Salt 0.4g

values for both sauce and buche

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3 stars

Average user rating Based on 67 ratings

This recipe was first published in Tue Nov 15 09:36:00 GMT 2011.