buttermilk waffles with cherry almond sauce

Buttermilk Waffles w/ Cherry-Almond Sauce

1 10-12oz bag frozen pitted dark sweet cherries (not thawed)
1 cup cherry preserves
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Combine frozen cherries (or other fruit) and cherry preserves (or any preserve) in medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until cherries begin to thaw and juices form. Boil gently until sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and stir in extract.

Heat waffle maker according to instructions. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs into buttermilk; add water, vanilla, and lastly, butter. Slowly add these ingredients to dry mixture and whisk just until blended. Now cook waffles according to waffle maker instructions. When finished, place waffles on plates and top with cherry sauce and whatever else you want!