Our favorite chocolate maker operates out of a pizza place in Walker's Point, Milwaukee!... Atomic Chocolate is the amazing creation of Sean Henninger of Times Square Pizza. We were lucky enough to get a lesson from him in truffles at The National.
I love making cute things in jars! This one I came across in Mary Janes Farm magazine looked like fun.
Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and I have no complaints about brandy! These are very strong, and are great additions to drinks or an unexpected garnish.
They make a great gift, if you can handle giving them up!
Fancy Brandied Cherries, Mary Janes Farm
2 pounds sweet, blemish free, cherries, washed
4 cups high quality brandy
3/4 cup raw sugar
1 tablespoon almond extract (or half vanilla and half almond for a twist)
1. Combine sugar and brandy in medium saucepan over low heat. Cook just until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. (Mixture will be only slightly lukewarm, don't overheat; you want to retain alcohol content of
brandy.) Cool and stir in almond extract.
2. Wash two quart canning jars (a dishwasher on the heated dry cycle works nicely.) Carefully place washed cherries, one by one, into the jars and cover completely with brandy (if not completely covered, they'll spoil.)
Carefully agitate the jar to settle the fruit. Put a lid on each jar and refrigerate.
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