SOUR CHERRY COMPOTE (for six)
1 cup dried sour cherries, preferably unsweetened (about 5 ounces)
½ cup kirsch
½ cup water
¼ cup cherry jam or preserves (about 7 ounces)
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
a 3 inch strip orange zest
1. In a small saucepan simmer all ingredients, covered, 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let mixture stand, covered, 10 minutes. Remove cover and cool completely. Compote may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Let compote come to room temperature before serving.