Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Another Labor Day dessert
--Cherry Pudding Cake
Cherry Pudding Cake
Taste of Home Family Collection Cookbook Copyright 2006
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ cups sugar, divided
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cans (14 ½ ounces each) water-packed pitted tart red cherries, well drained
2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional I didn't use this
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Whipped cream or ice cream, optional
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, milk and oil; pour into greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish. In a bowl, combine cherries, food coloring if desired, extract and remaining sugar; spoon over batter.
Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
Yield: 10-12 servings
I've seen this recipe all over the place, mostly in church cookbooks and Amish cookbooks. It's essentially a cobbler, although not quite a juicy as most cobblers. The slightly syrupy cherries end up on the bottom and a simple but delicious cake floats to the top.
I didn't get to fully appreciate this since my appetite still had not returned when I served this and I opted to leave the leftovers behind. I did taste it with some ice cream and there certainly wasn't anything bad about it, it was very good, but was it worth the cost? Those can of cherries were about $2.75 each. I think you could get the same effect with a less expensive dessert. I wasn't disappointed in this at all, it just wasn't a stand-out and like I said, I don't think it was worth the expense of the cherries. Oh, and right when I served it I remembered that my husband doesn't care for cherries. Oops! He just had ice cream.
Blast From The Past: Cherry Cherry Cookies from December 2005. I can't remember if I made these without the nuts last Christmas, now that we're nut-free, or if I skipped them. These were one of my favorite Christmas cookies but I think it was the nuts that really helped make them so good.
Question of the Day: Are there any fruits that you don't like?