Monday, August 29, 2011

Can He Bake A Cherry Pie?

UPDATE:  Thanks to all of you who said a prayer, sent safe thoughts and asked about our son and his wife.  So far they are just fine.  Not a lot of rain and high winds where they are.  However, our son works in New Bedford, Massachusetts where there has been some damage.  Our dear DIL works in Providence.  We'll see what tomorrow brings.  A mother's worry is never done!!

I don't know if he can bake a cherry pie.  He can bake a cherry pound cake.  The Baker came home with a big box of Bing cherries fresh from Washington State.  Our local cherries are long past appearing in our market but these were delicious.  I, of course, felt it my duty to do a taste test and declared them fit to star in a dessert of his choice.  He decided on a last salute to the cherries of summer.

Instead of going to his fat file of newspaper clipped recipes, he pulled out Sheila Lukins' U.S.A. cookbook and set to work.  With a few minor changes, here is the moist and delicious result.

Cherry Poundcake made by The Baker as inspired by Sheila Lukins

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs, separated
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole sour cream
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups pitted fresh Bing cherries

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 x 5 x 2 3/4 inch loaf pan.  Line the bottom of the pan with a piece of waxed paper and grease the paper.
2.  In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg yolks and the vanilla and continue beating until smooth.  Add the sour cream and beat to blend.
3.  Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and add all but 2 Tbsp of the mixture to the batter in three batches stirring with a spatula after each addition until just combined.  Toss the remaining flour mixture with the cherries in a bowl and set aside.
4.  Using well-cleaned beaters and a clean bowl, beat the egg whites at medium speed until they hold soft peaks.  Stir one-third of the egg whites into the batter until combined.  Fold in the remainder of the egg whites with a spatula until just combined being careful not to over mix and deflate the egg whites.
5.  Fold the cherries into the batter then pour into the prepared pan.  Bake in the 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Reduce the temperature to 325 degrees and continue baking until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean--about 45 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.



  1. Ooh looks wonderful! I am glad to hear that the kids are doing well.

  2. Looks like a great cake! Glad everyone's doing ok:@)

  3. I'm so glad to hear your son and DIL are okay!

    This cherry pound cake seems like the perfect thing to have on hand during times of worry...ideal snack food!

  4. I am so glad that Irene did not turn out to be a horrific as they had predicted. Glad the kiddos are okay. Hopefully, not as much damage as could have been.

    This cherry pound cake is making me drool all over my keyboard!!! Oh, I do love fresh cherries and, though I've never had a cherry pound cake, I am SURE it would be one of my favorites! You are a lucky woman, Bonnie! blessings ~ tanna

  5. Glad your kids are OK. I can't imagine how tough the morning commutes are in the north this morning. The cherry pound cake looks like a winner!

  6. I have some cherries in the fridge waiting for their moment to shine.

  7. PS Glad to heat that your son is safe.

  8. that looks good!
    We are w/out power since 3.p.m. yesterday..generator is groaning.. :)

    Glad all is well ..

  9. So glad everyone is okay- I know going through a hurricane is tough. We have had our share of doing that over the years. This cherry pound cake looks amazing! rich and moist and so YUMMY!

  10. Glad to hear all is well with your children. We had a fabulous trip to Chicago and dined at your favorite. It was wonderful! Thank you so much.

    The cherry pound cake looks delicious!

  11. Seeing the news this morning with Vermont getting hit with flooding, this was one bad storm even if it was downgraded.
    Good to know your family is okay.

    Someone is having fun with the camera I see and learning food photography.....hum?? GOOD WORK~

    LOVE cherry pie and this cake would taste good with my coffee. You have a awesome baker!

  12. Yum----looks tremendous. I love pound cake and those cherries just add a perfect touch/taste to the cake.

    Wish I could have a piece.

  13. Your Baker's last salute to cherries has certainly gone into an excellent choice cake...well done ;o)

    Bonnie, since, I'm a little late in the updates of your son and prayers go to them and everyone else that's stuck with such unsettling weather. All the very best.

    Ciao for now,

  14. Glad to hear everyone is fine; such diificult time to go through. Your photos are perfect; I can almost taste that cherry cake.

  15. It's good to hear that all is well. And that cherry cake looks delicious!

  16. i love cherry anything, cobbler, pie and now this cake. i also would like a big slice of your header please

  17. ah yes something about having the house to ourselves to get projects done! (re your comment)

  18. Looks delicious. I think I will use that recipes :)

  19. I was glad to hear Irene kind of lost her punch. I have relatives in Fairhaven... right next to New Bedford. They're without power, but all is well and I'm glad to hear that your family is, too. I have 9# of cherries in the freezer, all pitted and ready to be brandied. I need to do that this week! The poundcake looks wonderful!

  20. Glad everyone is ok! This pie looks really moist and dense! mmm

  21. NICE! I think this is a great way to celebrate safe kiddies! Lovely news and a lovely pound cake :)

  22. Ummmmm....cherries! I love cherries. And I will have to make this sometime. Glad to hear your family is okay!


  23. The cake looks wonderful! I've been checking in with a daughter, nieces, and friends. Like you, all my loved ones are safe and I am thankful.

  24. So glad your family is fine so far!! Never heard of cherry pound cake, so pretty!

  25. Anything with Bing Cherries in it has my vote. Looks yummy! Glad everyone is ok. :)

  26. I'm also glad to hear that everyone is doing okay, and I'm thrilled to see this lovely cherry treat! Thank you for making me smile before I head off to work. I hope you are having a beautiful Wednesday morning. As always, it was a pleasure to visit!

  27. cherries are one of my fave fruits. this poundcake showcases them beautifully.


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