Apple-Sour Cherry Conserve

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.

Apple-Sour Cherry Conserve
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Process Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 half-pints


  • 5 cup chopped, peeled tart cooking apples (5 to 6 medium)

  • 4 cup fresh or frozen pitted tart red cherries

  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 1.75 ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin or 6 tablespoons classic powdered fruit pectin

  • 4 cup sugar

  • 1 cup dried tart red cherries

  • 1 cup chopped almonds, toasted

  • ¼ cup amaretto


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

42 Calories
9g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 128
Calories 42
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Vitamin C 1.1mg 6%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 24mg 1%
Folate, total 1.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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