Recipe for Greek Style Cherry Spoon Sweet Preserve

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All over Greece, spoon sweets are a staple of the culture. They were developed long before refrigeration and were used as a way to preserve the harvest. These cherry spoon sweets are made while the cherries are the most ripe. That way, people can enjoy the flavor of sweet, ripe cherries all year long.

Greek Style Cherry Spoon Sweet Preserve (Kerasi Glyko) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds sweet, ripe cherries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions on How to Prepare Greek Style Cherry Spoon Sweet:

Add the cherries to a large bowl and sprinkle the sugar over. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar coats all the cherries. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until the next day.

Once about 24 hours passes, remove the bowl of cherries from the refrigerator. Add the cherries and the juices to a large saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring a few times. You’ll want to continue cooking it until all the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture boils, stir the mixture a little bit while it continues to boil for a total of three minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool.

Transfer the cherries to another dish using a slotted spoon. Bring the remaining syrup for a boil over medium heat and let it continue to boil for two minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Add the cherries that you set aside and let them boil in the syrup for a total of two minutes. Pour the preserves into clean jars and cover them tightly. Store in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark place for up to three months.

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