29 August 2006

Famous Door County Cherry Dessert

Michigan, my home state, is the country’s largest producer of cherries.

Wisconsin is right up there, with the beautiful Door Peninsula still home to many ancient orchards lined with gnarled cherry trees.

Cherry country in this area of the Great Lakes is known for small villages filled, lamentably, with many tourist attractions but also with good wineries and comfortable inns and resorts. And of course, cherries, which are used in all manner of cakes, tea breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles, salads, dressings and scones.

Here is an easy cherry dessert that is similar to dump cake, but which deserves a more elegant name.

Door County Cherry Dessert
  • 4 cups frozen cherries or three cans of cherry pie filling
  • 1 package cake mix, any flavor
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 sticks of non-salted butter, melted

Pre-heat oven to 350. Spread the cherries in a 13 x 9 inch rectangular pan. Next, add the dry cake mix, distributing evenly. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix, reserving some. Sprinkle with nuts and top with remaining melted butter. Bake for about 50 minutes until the top is golden brown. Serve with whip cream, ice cream or alone. A small piece is very satisfying.

This is an easy treat for co-workers. I've brought it to work many times, and it never fails to draw rave reviews.

5 comments:

christine said...

Hi Mimi,
Glad to see you at the top of your blog! I'll bet this recipe tastes really good.

Mimi said...

It is very good!

It took me a while to figure out what they meant by "creating a URL for your photo."

BTW, love your peppercorn pix!

Thanks for the encouragement.

Jann said...

this looks delicious.....hope it is not too fattening?

Mimi said...

I'm going to try making it with a low-calorie butter substitute one of these days and maybe, if I can find one, a low-fat cake mix.

I brought it to work and it was gone in 30 minutes.

Anonymous said...

This cherry dessert looks divine, I LOVE anything cherry !

Fiona.