Poached cherries in spiced red wine syrup


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Cherries and syrup

To serve

To begin, gently heat the red wine and sugar in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Wrap the cinnamon stick and black pepper in cheesecloth and tightly seal, then add this to the pan with the wine
Add the cherries and vanilla to the pan, stir well and bring up to the boil. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the cherries are tender, then remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl
Continue to cook the wine mixture and allow to reduce until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Add the cherries back to the pan and remove from the heat, stirring well to incorporate the fruit in the syrup. Serve immediately with vanilla ice cream, or alternatively store in the syrup until desired
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