Last week, we received sour cherries in our produce share. I was excited because cherries are my favorite fruit and they are super expensive this season so paying out of pocket was out of the question. I guess I overlooked the name of the fruit.. SOUR cherries. Not good for simply eating. So, to the internet of recipes I started to look. I came across a Martha Stewart recipe for a Sour Cherry Crumb Cake and I stuck with it. Like I always say, her recipes come out perfectly and are always something I would bake again.
Then I realized that the cherries have pits- how do I pit cherries? or can I leave the pits in and work around that when I eat the dessert? I googled how to pit a cherry- most said to use a pitter, or some sort of small metal hook to get them out. Using what I have in the house, I got the hang of pitting a cherry after the second or third try. Here's how I did it:
Tools: toothpicks, two bowls
Ways I adjusted or changed the recipe:
1. The recipe requires a 9"x9" cake pan, but I had to use a 9"x13" because that's all I have! But not for long - woohoo wedding registries!
2. There is no baking time for this recipe: just bake until golden and a tester comes out clean. I don't work well with those sorts of recipes because I will either a. check the cake too much thus the temperature of the oven is never consistant or b. forget about the cake and wander to a different project until I run into the kitchen screaming when the cake is almost in flames. To avoid either of these, I set an initial time for 30 minutes, and then kept adding time after that as I saw necessary. The cake ended up baking for 50 minutes. This time might change for you if you use a 9"x9" pan, or a darker colored pan.
Here are the layers of the cake, pre-assembly: a floured cake dish, the cake dough, pitted sour cherries, and the crumble topping.
and of course, a photo of the first slice! The only time I will eat dessert before dinner :)
***Note: Sour cherries have a short season - only a bit of June and a bit of July. So if you can find them, pick them up and try a new recipe with them! Or make preserves to have in the wintertime!***