Cherries Jubilee is a simple yet impressive dessert, created in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 50th year as monarch.
Makes one 10-inch (25 cm) pizza
2 cups (500 g) Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1Tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
1 Tbsp (30 mL) cold water
2 Tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
Juice and rind of 1 orange
Juice and rind of 1 lemon
2 cups (500 mL) frozen pitted sweet cherries, thawed
2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup (80 mL) Grand Manier or rum
Rind of orange and lemon for garnishing
Mint leaves for garnishing
powdered sugar for garnishing
1. Melt chocolate over a double broiler.
2. Spread the chocolate sauce over the ready-made pizza dough and bake for approximately 4 minutes.
3. Mix the cornstarch and water together. Place a large skillet over medium heat, add the juice from the orange, lemon, sugar and let dissolve, add cornstarch mixture and let thicken slightly. Add the cherries then lower the heat to simmer.
4. Add the rind from the orange and lemon, stir and let cook for 5-10 minutes.
5. Remove the cherries from the heat, stir in vanilla extract. Pour the brandy over the cherries and ignite with a long lighter. Gently shake the pan until the blue flame has developed.
6. To assemble, spoon the Cherry Jubilee over the pizza, garnish with rind and leaves.