Dark Sweet Cherries in the Simmering Oven of an AGA | 3 Oven TC

Frozen cherries (which had actually defrosted at room temperature for a bit by this point)

Frozen cherries (which had actually defrosted at room temperature for a bit by this point)

You’ve got friends over, and you haven’t made a pudding … but you want to serve something to make it look like you’ve put in a bit of an effort.

Here’s the perfect solution.

As you take main course out of the oven, pop one of Tesco’s £2 tubs of frozen fruit in the simmering oven (or in a low-temperature oven round 140°C). Simply tip the frozen fruit into a baking tray, sprinkle with a little sugar, so the juice goes syrupy as it cooks, and sit down to enjoy your main course.

After 20-30 minutes, you’ll have a rough and ready compote.
My favourite is the pitted dark sweet cherries, which are delicious spooned over vanilla ice cream. Refrigerate any leftovers, and add them to morning porridge, or yogurt with muesli.

Frozen cherries and ice cream
Serves 6-8

350g Tesco frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
2 tbs caster sugar
Tub of vanilla ice cream

Rough cherry compote

Rough cherry compote