Monday, February 15, 2010

Sour Cherry Cake for Presidents Day

Though the story of a young George Washington chopping down his father's favorite cherry tree with a hatchet may be only a legend, it's a fact that this recipe for Sour Cherry Cake from the pages of 500 Treasured Country Recipes is a delicious way to celebrate Presidents Day.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sour cherries, pitted
Confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch square pan. Cream together the butter and sugar until light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and soda. Add alternately with the milk to the butter mixture. Stir until smooth and creamy.

3. Fold in the cherries. Pour batter into the pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely; sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Yield: 9 servings

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