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Homemade Glacé Cherries
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Homemade Glacé Cherries

A luxurious cherry for all your baking needs
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 450
Calories: 7kcal


  • 450 g cherries stalks removed and stoned
  • 570 ml boiling water
  • 750 g granulated sugar


Day 1

  • Place the cherries in a large pan with the boiling water and cook until the fruit is just tender.
  • Drain the cherries but reserve 425ml of the liquid. Put the cherries into a heatproof bowl.
  • Pour the liquid back into the saucepan with 250g of the sugar. Stir over a gentle heat to dissolve the sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and pour the syrup over the cherries.
  • Cover the bowl and leave to soak for 24 hours.

Day 2

  • Strain the syrup into a large saucepan and return the fruit to the bowl.
  • Add 60g of sugar to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer for a couple of minutes making sure the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Pour the syrup back over the cherries, cover and leave for another 24 hours.

Day 3-7

  • Repeat Day 2

Day 8

  • Times are a-changing. Strain the syrup into a large saucepan but this time add 85g of the sugar into the saucepan.
  • Cook over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved then add the cherries and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down to a simmer for 3 minutes, then pour the fruit and syrup back into the heatproof bowl, cover and leave to stand for 2 days.

Day 10

  • Repeat Day 8, but only add the remaining 55g sugar and then leaving for 4 days.

Day 14

  • The syrup should have now turned very thick and heavy, if not, repeat Day 10. Otherwise, drain the fruit, place on a wire rack and leave in a warm dry place until no longer sticky. They should be ready after a couple of days.


Recipe from The Cook's Scrapbook by Reader's Digest


Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 1mg