Bing Cherry Compote

Bing Cherry Compote


Fresh bing cherries, orange juice and a touch of sugar make up this rich and sexy compote. Serve over ice cream, French toast or cakes.
  • Serves: 1 1/2 cups
  • Active Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
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Step 1: Pitting the Cherries

• 1 1/4 lb fresh bing cherries


Wash and pat the cherries dry. Use a cherry pitting tool to pit the cherries. Alternatively, slice them in half and pick out the pit.

Note: The compote does look prettier when the cherries are whole, so it is worth it to purchase a pitter. They are fairly inexpensive and can be found at most kitchen stores.

Step 2: Preparing Your Mise en Place

• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• juice of 1/2 an orange (optional)
• 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)


To prepare your mise en place, gather the sugar and juice the orange or almond extract (if using).

Step 3: Making the Compote


To make the compote, simply place the cherries, juice and sugar into a heavy-bottomed pot and heat over medium. If not using orange juice add 2 tablespoons of water instead.

Let the compote simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cherries soften slightly. The cherries should still hold their shape somewhat, so it’s important to not overcook the compote.

Step 4: Thickening the Compote (optional)

• 1 to 2 tsp cornstarch
• 1 to 2 tsp water


Depending on how you are using the compote, you may want it a bit thicker. To do this, mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl.

Once the compote has cooked, add the cornstarch a bit at a time while stirring. Let the mixture simmer for a minute or so to see how thick it becomes before adding more. Remember that the compote will thicken even more as it cools, so make sure not to add too much. Let the mixture simmer for a couple of minutes to cook off any starchiness. Taste to make sure it doesn’t taste chalky.

Pour into a bowl and let cool before using.

Chef's Notes

Almost any type of fruit and flavorings (juice, spices, herbs) can be used to make compote. The amount of cornstarch needed to thicken the mixture will depend on the amount of liquid that is naturally present in your fruit and how thick you want the end result to be.

Compote will keep for approximately 1 week in the refrigerator.


  • Liz S
    Liz S
    This compote tastes as good as it looks. I forgot to buy an orange and so used 1/3rd cup orange/peach juice instead. I did need to thicken it a bit with the cornstarch. For sure I am going to buy a cherry pitter before I make the turn overs. I was reluctant to buy another "gadget" but I can see I will be making this many times when cherries are in season every year.
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Instead of the orange juice, we added almond extract instead...omitting the orange juice really let the flavor of the cherries shine through and the extract just seemed to highlight the flavor of the cherries. All-in-all, it was fantastic!
  • Patricia S
    Patricia S
    We have Evans cherries in our back yard which are smaller and more tart so I added just a bit more sugar and omitted the orange juice, (didn't have any oranges or juice).This is delicious with mascarpone cheese too!

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