This easy but elegant holiday dessert works well for entertaining and is sure to impress your guests.
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1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, cut into chunks
1/3 cup sugar
1 (15-ounce) can dark sweet cherries, drained, reserve 1/4 cup juice
1 (4-inch) cinnamon stick, broken in half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon cherry liqueur
2 tablespoons brandy
Vanilla ice cream
*Substitute Land O Lakes® Salted Butter.
**Substitute 1 tablespoon cherry juice.
***Substitute 2 tablespoons apple juice. If using apple juice, cherries and sauce will not ignite.
Melt butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat; add sugar. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 2-2 1/2 minutes or until mixture just begins to brown around edges.
Add reserved cherry juice and cinnamon stick pieces. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 1-2 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half.
Add cherries, vanilla and lemon zest. Bring mixture to a boil; stir in cherry liqueur. Add brandy. Shake pan to ignite brandy; continue cooking until flames subside. (If using electric stove or preparing table side, ignite brandy in pan with a long match.)
Place ice cream into individual bowls. For each serving, spoon generous 2 tablespoons of cherries and sauce over ice cream.
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