Brandied Cherries

Course : Fruits
Serves: 1
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6 pounds dark -- sweet cherries
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/4 cups brandy

Preparation / Directions:

Wash and pit cherries. Combine sugar, water and lemon juice in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Add cherries and simmer until hot throughout. Remove from heat; stir in brandy. Pack hot cherries into hot jars, leaving 1/2" headspace. Ladle hot syrup over cherries, leaving 1/4" headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Makes about 6 pints. From the Ball Blue Book

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