Cherry Compote (Vişne Kompostosu)

The summer is here and so are the colorful and tasty fruits. Being a fruit person, I love buying many varieties of fresh fruits every week. Yesterday evening, I went grocery shopping and could not resist buying so many different types of fruits. One of those fruits that made it to my cart was cherries. I usually savor all these succulent fruits plain, however this time I made an exception and made the delectable cherry compote recipe that is very common in Turkey. Almost any type of fruit can be used for compote. The result surpassed my expectations as I am not a big fruit dessert person. It turned out sweet and very refreshing. This is a keeper so I will continue to make compote with other fruits. Here is the recipe.
½ lb fresh red cherries
½ cup sugar
3 cloves
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
½ cup water

Wash and dry the cherries. Remove the stems and pit the cherries. Do not discard the stems and seeds; they will add additional flavor to the compote. Place the cherries in a small pot add sugar, cloves, vanilla and water. Place the stems and seeds in a cheese cloth, tie the cloth and place in the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Let it boil on medium heat. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes. Remove cheese cloth and discard. Add honey and stir. Remove the compote from heat. When slightly cooled, put in a small serving bowl and place in the refrigerator. Enjoy cool.

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