Nothing is more seductive than the temptation of danger. It’s exciting! The exhilarating adrenaline rush makes you feel vivacious and the pleasure experienced reminds you why you love life. Fire sparks such thrills. One of the sexiest cooking techniques is to “flambé”. It is a French term meaning ‘flaming’ or ‘flamed’. To make a grand spectacular at the beginning of a new cycle for me, I decided that the cherry on top of my year must burn with the same desire I have to transform my life. To set aflame a new passion and blaze wildly without fear like fire that destroys until it is destroyed was the inspiration for making Cherries Jubilee. A celebration for setting the captives free. Cheers to compassion, longing and burning desire.
Easy but impressive
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 16 ounce bag frozen cherries, thawed and drained
- 2 ounces Red Herring [cherry liqueur]
- ½ ounce Grand Marnier [orange liqueur]
- 1 ounce Christian Brothers [brandy]
- orange zest
- corn starch
- ½ ounce Bacardi 151 Proof Rum
- Pralines & Cream Ice Cream from Baskin Robbins or Haagen-Daz French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Melt butter in a large cast-iron skillet, add sugar, cinnamon, blend ingredients until well incorporated. Add cherry liqueur, cherries, orange liqueur, brandy and zest of an orange (about a teaspoon), mix together, add corn starch until the desired consistency is reached. Add the Bacardi 151 Proof Rum to float over the top of the mixture, catch aflame. Ladle over ice cream.
Tip: pre-scoop ice cream in ice cream dish and keep in freezer until ready to top with Cherries Jubilee
A dangerously sexy night cap
- 1 jigger Grand Marnier
- 2 jiggers Cognac
- 1 teaspoon Bacardi 151 Proof Rum
In a shaker with ice, add Grand Marnier and Cognac, strain in to a martini glass, float Bacardi 151 Proof Rum over the top and catch a flame. Let flame burn for 5 seconds or until it dies out. Take caution! Glass will crack if flame burns for too long. For show only.