Luscious little, colorful orbs bursting with complex flavor, cherries are a versatile fruit in both sweet and savory dishes. Perfectly capable of shining all on their own, they can also stand up to a myriad of flavors. This easy-to-make, rustic dish is a classical pairing of Kirsch-kissed cherries with an almond topping, baked to crispy perfection….
Plums have a special place for me, not only for their flavor, but because they were my first foray into entrepreneurship as a child. We had a prolific green plum tree in our yard, that produced far more plums than my family and all the neighborhood birds could consume. Rather than watching them rot on the ground, I decided to fill baskets and brown paper bags with the excess plums, cleaning and polishing them into tantalizing beauties for potential customers. I loaded them into my Red Flyer wagon, and set out door to door, peddling my wares. The response was better then hoped for and a summer business was born, filling my piggy bank many times over. Although I was far from being in need as a child, there was something gratifying and independent about making, spending and saving money I had made by my own hand. This rustic cake is a salute to by-gone times when life was simpler and children could canvas their neighborhood with homemade/ home grown goods without needing a license or adult supervision. It has a delicious butter cake base with a sour cream plum filling, topped with an almond streusel….