When I was at my Mom’s she told me that she’s been wanting to try an old recipe that her Mom used to make.
When she was growing up, my Grandma used to buy a big tin of frozen cherries from Agway. She stored the whole tin in their large freezer. One of the ways she used the cherries was to make a fruit topping by cooking them down with sugar and cornstarch to thicken, and some flavor like vanilla or almond extract.
While the fruit cooled, she mixed up some homemade sweet roll dough (without a recipe), rolled it out, and let it rise a little.
Then, she would spread the cherries on top and bake it in the oven. When it was done and cooled, she made an icing and drizzled it back and forth on top.
Mom said it was wonderfully tasty. I asked her the name of it and she thinks Grandma called it Cherry Pizza. I did some research and it is very similar to the old fashioned Kuchen, which is German for “cake”…many of the old time housewives would cut away some of their bread dough on baking day to make a treat similar to this one.
Both of my grandparents have passed away and we all have so many good memories from when they were still alive….food memories in particular are are so vivid and meaningful (from all those family gatherings). Mom hasn’t had this simple, homemade treat since she was a young teen, and because she had some cherries in the fridge and someone to bake with (it’s more fun with a partner, right?) she decided to re-create the memory with Sarah and me.
(Sarah loved the feel of flour on her hands…)
How do happy bakers remove the pits from fresh cherries? We used a bottle and a straw! Mom learned a tip from a magazine and we tried it for the first time…….
You simply place the cherry on top of the bottle and, using the straw, push the pit down through the cherry, letting it land in the bottle.
Not only did it work great, it was very fun! I imagine you could add vinegar to the juices and pits in the bottle, to make a special flavored vinegar for dressings.
Mom made a sweet, soft yeast dough (without a recipe) and then we made the fillings.
We had a bowl of nice peaches so we made peach filling, too. The peaches ran a little so we folded up the edges to keep it neat and clean.
They were baked at 350 until done.
Oh, it was so delicious. I think it satisfied mama, too, and Grandma sure felt close. There were some tears shed by my Mom as we talked about her.
I can’t wait to make this again for Rich and the children. I love using family recipes.
Do you have any unique family recipes that you enjoy?
“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden.
Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.”
~Jim Rohn ~