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Apples and cherries combined make one of the best conserve recipes we've ever tasted. If you ask us, it's the splash of Amaretto that makes it so good on top of desserts and plain toast alike.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot combine apples, fresh or frozen cherries, the water, lemon juice, and cloves. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or just until apples are tender.

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  • Stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and dried cherries. Return to a full rolling boiling, stirring constantly. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in almonds and amaretto. Quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon.

  • Ladle hot conserve into hot sterilized half-pint canning jars (see tips, page xx), leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

  • Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

42 calories, (0 g saturated fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 0 g protein.

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