Our favourite wine garden (called "Heurige" here in Austria) not only produces its own wine but also has a fruit orchard. Last Sunday when we went there for a glass of wine and some food with a couple of friends.
They sold homegrown cherries and I couldn't resist and bought some... - 2 kg to be exact.
After eating almost half of them pure - soooo good, I decided to use the rest to bake two cherry cakes, one for my hubby to take to work, one for my colleagues.
They both turned out great! Thought I'd share them with you.
Here's the recipe: (for one cake)
100 g butter
175 g sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar
4 organic eggs
200 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 tbs milk
500 g fresh cherries, deseeded
Whisk the butter, sugar, vanilla sugar and eggyolks till smooth. Slowly add the milk and flour with the baking powder. Beat the egg whites till stiff and fold into the dough. Put into a baking tray and scatter the cherries on top. Bake in the oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes, then add the sliced almonds. Bake for another 20 minutes until cooked through.
Sometimes I substitute part of the flour with ground nuts to give it a little twist.
I used to prefer cooking to baking but lately I've been baking a lot and it's so much fun!