One of my very favorite summer fruits are fresh cherries. They have to be sweet and luscious. Growing up in Germany we had one sweet and one sour cherry tree in the garden of my parents first house and I remember how excited I was every year about the first ripe sweet cherries I could pick directly from the tree. Sadly most of the sweet cherries were always eaten by birds because the tree was pretty skinny and tall which made the cherries very hard to reach. Sour cherries were always plenty to spare, but unfortunately I didn’t appreciate their taste at that time.
The German cherry cake recipe I would like to share with you today is called Kirschenmichel or Kirschenplotzer (literally translated: cherry Michael or fallen cherries). It is baked in my home region, Palatinate, in several different versions, mostly using leftover rolls that are soaked in milk. I find my version of a Kirschenplotzer a little more convenient since I hardly have stale rolls on hand. They are replaced with flour and cornmeal. To enhance the flavor I added some almond extract which accompanies the taste of the fresh baked cherries extremely well.
Kirschenplotzer tastes best fresh baked and still warm. Serve with whipped cream or/and vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
|Kirschenmichel - A Traditional German Cherry Cake
- 1½ pounds (700 g) fresh sweet dark cherries, pitted
- ¼ cup (60 g) butter, unsalted, at room temp.
- ⅔ cup ( 130 g) sugar
- 3 eggs, at room temp.
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) good vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure almond extract
- 1¼ (150 g) cup flour
- 1⅛ cup (150 g) corn meal (I used Bob's Redmill organic medium grind)
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ⅓ cup 1 Tablespoon (100 ml) milk (I used organic 2%)
- Preheat your oven to 400 F Convection (or 200 C). Grease a 10 inch (26 cm) round spring form. Set aside.
- Sift the flour and mix with cornmeal and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer combine the butter and sugar. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes.
- Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix well.
- Add vanilla and almond extract. Mix well.
- With the stand mixer on slow alternate mixing in the flour and milk. Start and add with the flour mixture.
- Fold in the cherries by hand with a spatula.
- Transfer the dough into the prepared baking dish and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.
Not only will I be entering my Kirschplotzer recipe in the OXO cherry recipe contest, but I also wanted to send a big thank you to OXO for letting me try one of their newest kitchen tools, the OXO Cherry/ Olive Pitter for pitting my cherries.
As you can see it has a splatter shield which protects you and your work area from fruit juices. I was a little skeptical at first, but this cherry pitter delivers what OXO promises. It removes the cherry pits very easily without leaving a mess from splattering fruit juices and afterwards I could throw it in the dishwasher which I liked a lot.
If you are in need of a good cherry or olive pitter, this is the one to get! Thanks again, OXO, for providing me with a very functional new kitchen tool.