Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day!

President's Day calls for something baked with cherries, don't you agree?
I think so too! And, after finding this recipe on-line (here) I know just the cherry
dessert to celebrate this President's Day. By the way, I learned something today I
think is worthy of sharing with you. You see, the recipe calls for a half-sheet pan
measuring 11 inches by 17 inches. And, while I have plenty of sheet pans, upon first
measure, my pans appeared too large. But then I realized I was measuring wrong!
Because measured top edge to edge, I was off nearly 2 inches in both directions...
However, measured correctly along the inside bottom edges, my sheet pan is perfect!
This discovery saved me from having to get all MacGuyver on my sheet pan. Yea!
I love how easy this recipe is! I read it once and already have it
committed to my memory... 3 cups all-purpose flour, a teaspoon
and a half of baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 eggs, 1 3/4 cups of
granulated sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter...
Plus a teaspoon of vanilla extract, (I used vanilla paste) and one
can of cherry pie filling. To finish, a sprinkle of powdered sugar!
The only aggravating aspect of the whole operation was coaxing the batter
over my greased half-sheet pan. But I did what I always tell the boys to do...
Keep going until it works! Oh, and using my large off-set spatula helped a lot too!
Trust me. This was worth the effort!
Spread the cherry pie filling over the batter...
Then dot the top with 1 cup of batter you reserve just for this occasion...
Like this!
Pop the pan into a pre-heated 350 degree oven...
Wait for it...
And bake until it turns golden brown!
Honestly, if you don't have vanilla ice cream
in your refrigerator, leave for the market now!
Because you're gonna need some!
Perfect for President's Day! Calling this dessert delicious doesn't even
begin to cover it... The base is somewhere between a sweet, tender
cake and a cookie! And what's not to love about warm cherries!?
I think this makes an excellent 4th of July cook-out dessert. But clearly...
Placed onto a fancier plate, it goes elegant in a second!
I especially enjoyed reading the story that
comes with this recipe and I think you will too...
Because you know how much I appreciate others who appreciate cake stands!
This is definitely a dessert to share. Because just speaking for myself,
stopping at just one or two of these cherry slices is impossible to do!
So if these show up at the office tomorrow, don't be surprised!


  1. I made them last week. They are wonderful! I also added almond extract.

  2. This cherry dessert looks fabulous! I have a daughter that's a cherry lover so I will have to make it for her. I LOVE your kitchen towel with the cherries, ric-rac and pom poms~SO CUTE!
    It was great to hear from you Janet:)

  3. Wow! I loved Elisa's story and these squares of her grandmother's look delicious! I'm wondering (for your 4th of July celebrations) how thes would turn out with blueberry pie filling added as well?

  4. Sue - Thank you!

    Paula - I was wondering the same thing, Paula! I am going to try peach pie filling and blueberry too!

  5. Oh, one of my favorite desserts! Actually anything with cherries is. My kitchen used to be a cherry theme -- I kinda miss it now.

    LOVE the Lenox Chirp china!!

  6. Saw your comment on Life in the Fun Lane about your kitchen stools. I went to the link you provided for Overstock. The pair of stools are now $67.49. What a crazy good deal.

  7. Tried this recipe when my family came over for a BBQ, easy to do, everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. That cake looks delicious! My husband loves cherries, so I need to make this. Those dishes with the birds are gorgeous. Where did you get them? (Does the pattern have a name?) Thanks. Love your blog.


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