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Sweet Basque Cherry Confit

Produced by:

La Maison du Piment

in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Ingredients: Black cherries, sugar, lemon juice, pectin.

This fantastic, flavorful artisan fruit preserve is made with rare cerises noires (black cherries) harvested near the village of Itxassou in the French Basque Country.

This small production cherry jam offers a taste of times gone by. Modern demands for higher yield fruit have diminished production of this unique cherry from three hundred tons in the 1920s to little more than three tons today. This preserve is made with only cherries, cane sugar, lemon juice and pectin—no fruit juice concentrates or fillers—so what stands out is the unadulterated sweet-tart flavor and luxurious texture of cherries.  Traditionally used as the filling for the double-crust tart called Gâteau Basque, Sweet Basque Cherry Confit is also delicious as an accompaniment for Basque sheep's milk cheeses such as Ossau-Iraty or as a topping for vanilla ice cream.

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Product CodeUnit SizeUnit/CaseCase WeightUnit PriceCase PriceUPC Code
250 gr/8.8 oz
5 kg/11 lb

Serving Suggestions & Recipes

  • Top a cream puff.
  • Serve with Idiazabal or Ossaue-Iraty cheese.
  • Slather on hot buttermilk biscuits.
  • Make mini tarts topped with mascarpone.
  • Pile on top of cheesecake.
  • Bake into croissant bread pudding.
  • Enjoy on a scone with clotted cream.
  • Stir in a tiny bit of balsamic and serve with roasted duck breast.