Like Crepes Suzette, Cherries Jubilee gives the chef an opportunity to show off his skill at the table. They are also a fine dessert and an extremely simple one. Furthermore, they flame like Hell itself. Serves eight.
1 24-oz. can Bing cherries
1/4 cup cognac
1/2 cup 151-proof rum
1 quart vanilla ice cream
V.S.P. Drain the cherries and discard the juice. Place the cherries in the blazer pan of a chafing dish. Pour the cognac and rum over them, cover, bring slowly to a simmer. While the liquor is heating, serve the ice cream in 6 individual serving dishes. As soon ass the liquor has started to simmer, uncover pan, stand back and set contents ablaze. Let the liquid burn for a few seconds while you spoon it over the cherries. Ladle a goodly quantity of the cherries and flaming liquid over the ice cream and serve at once. Devil’s food cake is the obvious accompaniment to this devilishly good dessert.