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30-Minute Meals 2: Warm Cherry, Orange, and Cranberry Compote with Vanilla Ice Cream

This is about as elaborate as Rachael Ray's desserts get. It's easy to throw together and makes a nice fall or winter dessert.

If you can find Morello cherries in a jar, use those instead of the canned cherries called for in the recipe. My local Trader Joe's market carries jarred Morellos, and their flavor is superior to anything you'll find in a can. I made this recipe with Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream and ginger snaps from Trader Joe's. It's a yummy combination.

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1 can (15 oz.) pitted cherries (or use jarred Morello cherries, see note above)
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Ginger snaps, vanilla wafers, or cinnamon sugar cookies, to garnish

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cherries and their juice, orange zest and juice, and the dried sweetened cranberries. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high, 1 minute.

Stir fruit, and microwave 1 minute longer. Let fruit stand for 5 minutes, then spoon over scoops of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with cookies. For breakfast or brunch, try serving the compote with plain or vanilla yogurt, sour cream, or crème fraîche.

 

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