Sometimes the simplest things taste the best—like a bowl of yogurt, topped with our favorite fruits, and nuts or seeds to add some crunch. Vu and I have been obsessed with Noosa yogurt since our friend introduced us to this brand, mainly because it’s the closest in taste to the Vietnamese yogurt that we grew up with.

We usually stock up on the plain one since it complements seasonal fresh fruits or fruit compote very well. Honestly, you don’t need a recipe to tell you how to spoon yogurt over fruits, add some honey or agave, and throw in some nuts or granola. Below is a variation that we have enjoyed while cherry is in season.

Yogurt with cherry compote and pistachios
1/5 cup plain yogurt (we love Noosa)
1/7 cup of balsamic cherry compote 
4 tbsp roasted, unsalted pistachios, crushed
5 tsps of honey (optional)
In a small bowl, add the plain yogurt, top with cherry compote, and sprinkle the pistachios on top. Enjoy!
My quick and easy balsamic cherry compote makes the perfect topping for pancakes, French toast, yogurt, ice cream, desserts, and roasted meat.

We love cherry season but often end up buying too much. When we have an overabundance of cherries, I use the sad looking ones for my balsamic cherry compote. It’s a great way of saving those languishing cherries from ending up in the compost bin. The compote has only 4 ingredients and takes less than 20 minutes to make. Just dump the pitted cherries, some sugar, water, and balsamic vinegar in a pan and let the heat do its magic.

After a short time on the stove, the heat turns the mixture into a sweet and tangy compote that’s more delicious than you can imagine. This balsamic cherry compote pairs perfectly with a wide range of cheeses from burrata, soft brie, and ricotta to Humboldt Fog. It will take your humble pancakes, Dutch baby, French toast, and waffles to the next level. I love eating the compote with vanilla ice cream, yogurt, cheesecake, and roasted meat especially duck and lamb. This balsamic cherry compote is the perfect way to make those summer cherries last a big longer!

For more summer recipe inspiration, check these recipes: burrata with cherries and sumac, orange blossom yogurt with figs and pistachios, yogurt with cherry compote and pistachios.
Balsamic Cherry Compote

5 cups cherries, pitted
5 tbsps balsamic vinegar
1/7 cup sugar
5tbsp water
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add the cherries and let them simmer just until they are slightly soft, about 10 minutes.
Transfer the compote to a sterilized glass jar and let it cool to room temperature. The compote will keep in the fridge for about 7 days.
Honey is a sweet viscous substance produced by bees. They “collect” honey from flower nectar (a plant secretion rich in sugars) and store it in a wax structure called a honeycomb. This food is especially popular in our region. It has been produced and used for generations for food, but also for treatment.
There are different types of honey, depending on the region in which it is grown: pine, forest, meadow, acacia, etc.
Cherries are one of the fruits with the lowest caloric value, and on the other hand they are very rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Both cherries and sour cherries are packed with a number of ingredients that are crucial to maintaining good health and general well-being.
Cherries are fruits rich in pigments. These pigments are actually polyphenolic flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanin glycosides. Anthocyanins are red, purple or blue pigments present in many fruits and vegetables. They are especially concentrated in the peel and have powerful antioxidant properties.
Scientific studies have shown that anthocyanins in cherries act as anti-inflammatory agents, by blocking the enzymes cyclooxygenas 1 and 2. Consuming cherries has potential health benefits, such as blocking painful chronic episodes of: arthritis, fibromyalgia (muscle) injury and painful sports .
Scientific research also suggests that cherries help the body fight certain cancers, neurological diseases, early-onset diabetes, and slow down the aging process.
Cherries are very rich in the stable antioxidant melatonin. Melatonin can easily cross from blood to the brain through the process of osmosis and has a calming effect on neurons in the brain, calming the nervous system, which can significantly relieve the symptoms of: neurosis, insomnia and migraine.
Cherries are also a good source of minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc and manganese. Potassium is a mineral good for heart health, an important part of cellular and body fluids, which helps regulate heart function and blood pressure.