1pounddark sweet cherries rinsed and pitted SEE NOTES
4servingsvanilla ice cream
Prepare your bowls of ice cream first then place in the freezer. Once the cherries are done, they have to be spooned over the ice cream immediately.
Place the cherries and sugar in a large lidded saucepan so that they are all in one layer. Sprinkle the lemon juice over top, then stir to mix in.
Place the lid on top and cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the lid and turn the heat up to medium-high and cook for another 5-6 minutes, stirring to prevent them from burning, until the cherries have released their juices and have softened.
Remove the cherries from the heat, and stir in the cherry extract. Pour in the warm brandy, then return to the stove. Wait 15 seconds for the pan to heat up more, then ignite with a long lighter.
Gently shake the pan, swirling the cherries, until the blue flame has extinguished itself, around 30 seconds or so.
Spoon the cherries over the prepared bowls of ice cream.