Cherry Streusel Cake (Kirschstreuselkuchen)

We’re back to Luisa Weiss’s Classic German Baking with this recipe. She advocates using tinned German sour cherries but not having found those, I opted for fresh cherries cooked with lemon juice, a touch of vinegar, and some spice.

GF crumble topping tends to go all gooey and horrible, but this recipe worked by adding xanthan gum.

Serves: up to 24
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Cherry Frangipane Tart

My Raspberry Frangipane Tart is crustless and is an easy way to dive into a ground almond-based tart. This one, though, uses fresh cherries and has a zesty gluten-free pastry crust.

Make the most of the fresh cherry season by pairing them with almonds and nutmeg (all are perfect taste partners). My frangipane mixture adds GF flour so is more cake-like, and makes a delicious treat.

Serves: 12-16
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Dark Chocolate and Cherry Canapés

This GF orange-tinged sweet shortcrust pastry enhances the cream, dark chocolate, and cherry flavours. This is truly a ‘wow’ dessert or tea break treat.

I wanted to make something fancy, and my 24-hole canapé tin proved its worth. The tasters wanted more (always a good result!)

Makes: 48 canapé-sized tartlettes (see Kit footnotes for larger sizes)
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Cherry and Almond Loaf

I developed this recipe because I wanted a sweet, non-yeasted (known in the US as ‘quick’) bread – perfect for a mid-morning tea break.

This is a dead easy GF loaf to make, combining two ingredients made for each other. I got the hankering for this when cherries were out-of-season, so as in my other recipe, this assumes frozen, not fresh (see footnote).

Makes: One loaf
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Coconut and Cherry Cheesecake

White chocolate, coconut, cherry, and nutmeg – what’s not to like? They’re a tried-n-tested combination which works fantastically well. This was a creamily rich delight which continued my recent white chocolate theme nicely.

I like my baked cheesecakes, but this was mighty fine. The filling is best started the night before, to have time to chill.

Serves: 12 – 16
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Venison, Chocolate, and Cherry Stew

OK, so at my last 2 dinner parties I served stew; Indian-inspired goat before; this one is a classic deer, dark chocolate, red wine, and cherry concoction that made everyone happy. Stew really doesn’t photograph well, though, does it? 😦

I served a cherry, white chocolate, and coconut no-bake cheesecake for dessert, which was sympathetic in flavours to the main dish.

Serves: 4
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