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How to Make Cherry Cordials From Scratch

Finished Cherry Cordial

A new job is a game of catch up for anyone. That goes double for me as I try to teach myself the candy basics. It’s a lot of trial and error, but when you finally create exactly what you’ve been imagining, it’s amazing.

Today I’m creating a traditional candy, the Cherry Cordial. One way to make Cherry Cordials is by covering a cherry in a sugar coating (fondant) and then dipping it into chocolate. After a period of a few days to a couple weeks, the sugar coating absorbs the moisture from the cherry and turns into a sweet syrup. Here’s a fondant recipe I’ve been working on:

Sugar 500g 1000g 67%
Glucose Syrup 100g 200g 13%
Water 100g 200g 13%
Pre-made Fondant (Optional) 50g 100g 7%
Vanilla Paste (Optional) 1/4 tsp 1/2 tsp
Batch Size 700g/750g 1400g/1500g 100%
To Make the Fondant
  1. Combine first three in heavy bottomed pan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Stop stirring. Cook to 113°C/235°F
  3. Pour hot mixture onto marble slab that has been lightly splashed with cold water
  4. Sprinkle cold water on top of syrup
  5. If using the pre-made fondant or vanilla paste, add it now.
  6. Using scraper, agitate until crystallizes completely and becomes opaque. 8 min. with seed (pre-made fondant), 15 without.
  7. Store in airtight container overnight to ripen.

My first batch was heated too high and came out much too hard. My second batch was perfect, smooth and soft.

Vanilla bean fondant

Now I have to use it. You could dip up to 60 cherries with the 500g fondant batch, and 120 for the 1000g batch.

To Make the Cherry Cordials
  1. Heat fondant to 70°c/160°F
  2. Thin with brandy if necessary
  3. Dip cherries, laying onto parchment dusted with confectioner’s sugar
  4. Glue cherries onto pre-made chocolate discs (little piped ½ in. circles, set)
  5. Dip into tempered chocolate or Milk Chocolate Flavored Candy Wafers, let set, and enjoy!
Cherry Cordials resting

2 Comments on How to Make Cherry Cordials From Scratch

February 5, 2016

10:36 pm

Brian D says:

Great article Beth. Fun getting to know you and your adventures in candy making. Let me know how I can help. b


September 24, 2016

12:49 am

Mary says:

This was one of my dad's favorite candies. I have yet to find a recipe that comes close to the memory. I will be making it for the holidays for the extended family. Thank you for the share, can't wait to try more recipes!

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