Flaming Cherries Jubilee

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Front-Runner Favs: Flaming Cherries Jubilee! Here’s a dessert that always leaves a nice impression. And why wouldn’t it? After all, it was specially prepared for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration in the late 1800’s. Hence the name. Begin with the season’s plump and juicy cherries found at the local Farmer’s Market or neighborhood grocery. Gently warm them in a sweet simple syrup. Add brandy and ignite for an amazing presentation. Then serve over bowls of ice cream. Super-simple yet super-delish!



1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

Lemon rind

1 cup cherries, stems and stones removed; halved

2 tablespoons brandy

Vanilla Ice Cream


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and lemon rind. Stir to dissolve sugar. Boil for 3-5 minutes until mixture thickens. Reduce heat to simmer, add cherries. Cook over low heat until fruit is softened. The syrup will turn color to match the cherries. Remove the lemon rind; discard. Add the brandy, but do not boil. Turn off stove. Flame the cherries with a kitchen torch. Using a spoon, baste cherries with liqueur and juices until the flames extinguish. Spoon over bowls of vanilla ice cream. Serve warm.

38 thoughts on “Flaming Cherries Jubilee

  1. We’ll keep this one for later! Even though we’re now in “summertime” we had a frosty start this morning and now we have sleet and hail. On higher ground, it snowed! 🏂🤣🙏

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  2. I love this dessert, but I forget about it for long periods of time! I don’t know why, I really love setting food on fire deliberately. I even got one of those small kitchen torches so my grandkids could easily handle it (oops, please don’t tell their parents…).

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  3. I’ve read the name of this dessert a few times in books but never actually knew what it was. Wow it sounds delicious! And the flaming presentation sounds incredible too – you are brave!!

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