Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cherries Desserts

Back in the late 60’s when I lived in San Diego, I worked for a short time at a restaurant on the top floor of the Broadway down town.  They served what they called a Cherries Jubilee, but it was not the traditional dessert with flames, etc.  It was a cherry bar.  I found something that reminds me of it a lot.  It is like a cherry dump cake because you can use a dried cake mix to make it.  See if you don’t like it as much as I do.  It calls up memories of San Diego for me.

1/2 cup cold butter
1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix
1 can (21 ounces) cherry filling
1 cup chopped walnuts
Whipped cream or ice cream, optional

In a large bowl, cut butter into cake mix until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Pat remaining crumbs onto the bottom and 1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.

Spread pie filling over crust. Combine the walnuts with reserved crumbs; sprinkle over top. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm, with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

Variation – Try making it with a chocolate cake mix.  It is just as good if not better. 

Here is another similar dessert  but a cherry crumble.  It is equally as good as the dump cake recipe.

Cherry Crumble 

Pour a can of cherries pie filling into a sprayed 8 x 8 inch pan.


Mix dry ingredients together in small bowl:

1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
½ cup of almonds or walnuts 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Melt the butter in a pan.  Add dry ingredients to butter and stir together.  Sprinkle on top of the cherries.  Add 1/2 cup of lightly toasted almonds or walnuts to the mixture.
When mixture resembles the topping as it would be if the Cherry Crumble had been baked in an oven, scatter it over the top of the cooked cherries in the 8″x 8″ pan.

Press the topping down slightly into the cherry mixture so it will absorb some of the juices. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Let cool slightly and serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  

Both recipes are extremely simple and I love them warm.  They make an excellent recipe to go to for a quick and easy dessert that is tasty.

Have a great Wednesday, be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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