Friday, August 2, 2013

Individual Bing Cherry-Lemon Cakes

 I am in love with Weck jars. A German production since1900, these easy-to-fill, rust free jars (the glass lids mean no caps and rings), have been delighting home canners for more than a century. But while they are great for canning, they are also the perfect size for small, layered salads, mini parfaits, puddings, custards, layered dips, and...for baking darling little cakes like these. One look at this recipe on the Williams-Sonoma website, and there was no doubt that these cakes were in my future. 

I knew that, lover of lemon that I am, I would double the amount of zest.  Being a cherry lover I also knew that my cakes would have a Bing Cherry sauce rather than blueberry. After all, it is Bing Cherry season, time to enjoy them to their fullest, and make as many different recipes as possible.  Plus, my version allows for a
chocolate-covered cherry on top, making them irresistible!

Considering that I'd made the sauce a couple of days ahead (You can find the recipe
here.), putting these together was a breeze. They bake up perfectly and, if you need to take these to a picnic or pot luck, all you have to do is snap on the glass jar lid, and you're good to go. I topped mine with tiny scoops of vanilla ice cream (I used a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to do this.) and a cherry.

Here is the original recipe from the kitchens of Williams-Sonoma.  Try their version, and then try mine with cherries. Let me know what you think.  Either way, I'm sure that you'll love them.

Individual Blueberry-Lemon Cakes

2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup plus 6 Tbs. sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tsp. cornstarch
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 cup buttermilk
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
Preheat a Breville Smart convection oven to 375°F convection. Grease the insides of six 5.4-oz. Weck mini mold jars. Line the oven’s baking tray with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries and the 1/4 cup sugar and cook, stirring until the sugar is mostly dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch and stir into the saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and the 6 Tbs. sugar.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add the flour mixture, whisking until the batter is just combined.

Spoon 1 Tbs. blueberry mixture into the bottom of each jar. Top each with 1/4 cup batter and then 1 Tbs. blueberry mixture. Place the jars on the prepared baking tray and transfer to the oven. Bake until the tops are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the jars before serving. Serves 6.

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~~louise~~ said...

Definitely going for the cherry version, Pattie. Although I LOVE blueberries, quite frankly I'm blueberried out!

I think it's wonderful that these delectable delights fit quite neatly in a jar. Very cool...

Thank you so much for sharing...

Brunners Bookshelf said...

These look really tasty, wish I liked cherries. They photographed really well.