Cherry Pudding Cake

Sweet cherries are great just eating them as they are. However, we picked so much cherries that I have to bake something with them. I found this recipe which uses sweet cherries. It’s a pudding cake.

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This pudding cake is so juicy that juices over run onto my oven. So, if you would like to attempt this recipe, use a bigger pan or put an aluminum foil lined baking sheet below your pan to catch the juices.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups cherries, pitted, thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (necessary)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water

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I must say that the most tedious part of this recipe is pitting the cherries.

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Kelowna Trip Report: Picking Cherries

The highlight of our trip to Kelowna is picking cherries. On the first day we were there we went to a cherry farm on Westbank. We had been to this farm before but were pleasantly surprised at the abundance newly ripe cherries on the trees.

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Picking cherries is simple. You need to pick it with the stems on. This will keep the cherries fresh longer. The man in charge of the farm showed us how best to pick cherries — basically, you push the stem up and snap off the stem.

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The cherries in the Westbank farm is free of pesticides but is a bit small compared to larger ones we see in the stores. They a bit soft and not crunchy.

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You really need to climb ladders to get to the better fruit. The lower ones were gone very fast. We need to make sure that the ladder is stable. In all, we picked about 11 lbs of cherries from the Westbank farm. Each lb costs $1.25.

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