|Sour red cherries||1 Quart|
|Water||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Sugar||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs) (Adjust According To Tartness Of Cherries)|
Wash, stem and pit cherries over a saucepan to catch juice; there will be about 2 1/2 cups pitted fruit.
Drop directly into saucepan, add water, cover, and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the sugar and continue heating for a minute or two until sugar is entirely dissolved.
Stir in a few drops of almond extract, if desired.
Serve warm or cold with plain or whipped cream.