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Black Cherry Compote - (Compote De Cerises Noires)
2 cups water
1 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 vanilla bean -- split lengthwise
2 pounds frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries -- thawed, and juice reserved
2/3 cup honey
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Combine 2 cups water and dried cherries in large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until water is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 15 minutes. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Stir in dark cherries with juices and remaining ingredients. Simmer until cherries are tender and juices thicken, about 50 minutes. Cool. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Serve at room temperature.)
This recipe yields about 3 1/2 cups.
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