My favorite way to use tart cherries
Start with a heavy-bottomed pan, preferably one that is insulated. Add 2 cups of fresh cherries and 1/2 cup of water, set aside and mix up the sugar and starch.
Mix 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of potato (or other) starch. Pour over cherries.
Place on medium to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, remove from heat.
If you are using the optional almond extract:
Stir in 1/4 teaspoon almond extract when you remove syrup from the heat.
Allow syrup to cool. The longer it rests the more it will gel and thicken.
Serve over Melanie's Gluten and Diary free pancakes or waffles
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge or frozen for use later. Do not can this syrup.