This is a typical German sweet casserole using some of the gazillion cherries growing in my tree this year. I have made it before in another version, where I used day-old rolls. This time I didn’t have any leftover rolls but still a lot of cherries lying around the kitchen, so I made the casserole using semolina and flour. (I wasn’t sure if I am supposed to write laying around or lying around, then I found this article. If you like grammar have fun with it!!! I can’t bring myself to read it to the end…)
I like both ways, the result is a nice, warm dessert, which you can make even better by serving it with some good vanilla ice cream when still hot or with hot vanilla sauce when already cold.
I love this kind of dessert. Not particularly elegant, but so comforting and hearty. Easy to make, versatile (you can make it with apples or other fruit as well), something that both children and adults like, something that brings back the childhood to your mind, even if you grew up in a country where kirschmichel was never known. 🙂
- 60 g/ 2.1 oz butter, room temperature + some butter flakes
- 125 g/ ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest of ½ organic lemon
- 3 large eggs
- 125 g/ ¾ cups semolina
- 150 g/ 1cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 level teaspoons baking powder
- about 250 ml/1 cup milk
- 500 g/ 17.6 oz cherries, pitted
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix together the soft butter and the sugar until foamy. Add the vanilla sugar or extract, the lemon zest, eggs and semolina and stir again to incorporate everything.
- Mix the flour and the baking powder together and sieve them over the rest of the ingredients. Incorporate carefully using a spatula and add the milk little by little, stirring carefully. Stop adding the milk when the mixture is totally smooth and runny. I had about 30 ml milk left in my cup. Add the pitted cherries to the mixture.
- Butter a medium casserole dish and pour everything inside. Sprinkle with some butter flakes and bake for about 40-45 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean but still a little bit wet.
- Dust with some icing sugar if desired and serve hot, warm or cold with either vanilla ice cream or vanilla sauce.