Thursday, 21 June 2007
Cherry Oh, Cherry Oh, Baby............
The story so far..............
The Romans are believed to have discovered sweet cherries in Asia Minor in about 70 BC and introduced them to Britain in the first century AD.
Although the fruit has always been popular for dessert and culinary purposes, cherries were used during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries for their medicinal properties. The German word Kirsch, the cherry liqueur, came from the word karshu, the name given to the first cultivated cherries in Mesopotamia in 8 BC.
Hot cherry stones were once used in bed-warming pans and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream associates cherries with love and romance.
Upside Down Cherry Cake
Fresh cherries, pitted
2 tbsp butter, melted
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
Heat oven to 170C.
Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whip it until until it has tripled in volume, about 5 minutes.
Fold flour into mixture, until just incorporated.
Pour about 1 cup of batter into the melted butter and fold just until combined.
Return butter mixture into the rest of the egg batter, and again fold to combine.
Line cake pan with parchment paper and grease well.
Arrange cherries, in a single layer, on the bottom of the cake pan.
Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth evenly. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
Elsa has renamed this cake the ChickenPox Cake