Cherry Jubilee

We were invited to visit with some family and new friends on the weekend.  I made this dessert to take along.  It  goes together fairly quickly and always seems to be a hit.

Cherries n’ Cream

Cookie Crumble Crust:

1 cup butter plus 2 tbsp

2 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup finely chopped almonds


1 250 g pkg cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 tsp almond extract

500 ml whipping cream

4 tbsp icing sugar

1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1 can cherry pie filling

For crust, melt butter, then add flour, sugar, nuts and mix well.  Mixture will resemble a soft cookie dough.  Spread on a large, ungreased baking pan.  Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.  Stir mixture often as it bakes, breaking it apart into fine pieces.  After baking, let crumbs cool slightly.  Reserve one cup for topping, press remaining crumbs into a 9″x13″ baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 5-7 minutes, being careful not to overbrown.  Remove from oven and cool.  A few minutes in the freezer will speed the process nicely.

Meanwhile, beat together whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.  Refrigerate until needed.  Beat together cream cheese,  sugar and almond extract until smooth.  Fold whipped cream into cream cheese.  Spread  mixture onto cool crust.  Carefully layer cherry pie filling over cream cheese.  Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.


Chocolate Cherry Tunnel Cake

I had a near disaster this morning, but thankfully, all is not lost.  My written recipe sadly lacking in detail  (I thought I remembered from last time!), I used the whole can of pie filling instead of the 1 1/4 cup the recipe actually calls for.  So unfortunately, my presentation is off.   I have a messy layer of cherries instead of the graceful tunnel that should have been.   The yumminess factor, however, was not compromised (for which we are grateful).  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for additional  calories flavor.

Chocolate Cherry Tunnel Cake

1 3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup natural bran

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk

4 tbsp canola oil

2 eggs

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup cherry pie filling

In large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients.  In another smaller bowl, mix together eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.  Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones, mixing gently just until combined.  In a greased and floured bundt pan, layer a scant half of the dough, then gently add the cherry pie filling in a ring on top of the dough, trying not to touch the sides of the pan with the cherry filling.  Then add the rest of the dough over the cherries, smoothing carefully.  Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.  When cake is done, let cool in the pan for about 7 minutes before inverting onto serving plate.  Let cool about an hour, then glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

4 tbsp butter

3 tbsp cocoa

1 cup icing sugar

2-3 tbsp very hot water

Melt butter, whisk in cocoa and icing sugar.   Add hot water one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.  Glaze will set quite quickly, so no dawdling!

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