Spiced Brandied Cherries & Extra Sharp Cheddar
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
7 whole cloves
4 cardamom pods
3 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean, split
1 1/2 cups brandy
1 1/2 pounds pitted fresh or frozen cherries, thawed
8 ounces Henning’s Extra Sharp Cheddar
Combine the sugar, water and spices in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until syrup is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in brandy.
Place cherries into jars. Gradually pour syrup over cherries. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 days before service. Serve with cheddar and crackers.