Monday, September 24, 2007
Happy National Cherries Jubilee Day!
No, I’m not making it up. The food industry likes to celebrate various foods and beverages throughout the calendar year - and cherries jubilee happens to be today’s honoree.
Not sure what this particular dish is? You're probably not the only one. It's a dessert made with cherries and liqueur - typically cognac or Kirschwasser. It's then flambéed and served as a sauce over vanilla ice cream.
The recipe is generally credited to French chef Auguste Escoffier, who prepared the dish for one of Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations back in the late 1800s. These jubilees were held to honor the anniversary of her reign as British monarch.
Here is a typical cherries jubilee recipe. However, if you're like me - and are a wee bit nervous about the whole flambe cooking procedure - here's a tasty variation on the cherry jubilee dish that sounds relatively easy to whip up. And the other good news? It's low-cal and made with Splenda!
Check out this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cherries Jubilee Coffee Cake. Using low-fat Bisquick, Splenda, cherries, chocolate chips, fat-free sour cream and brandy extract, you can make a fabulous coffee cake that only has 127 calories and 3 fat grams. Yes please!