Last Minute Christmas Cake

We have been invited to a colleague’s place for Christmas Eve dinner. At the last moment, the colleague said – amidst endless apologies – that it would be nice if I could bring something by way of dessert. So I made this last minute cherry-apple cake:


Not only is it pretty enough for a Christmas table, it is also very easy to make. Here is what you need to do.

1. Take one and a half sticks of unsalted butter (about 150 grams) and soften it in the microwave. This takes about 25-30 seconds. Mix it up with half a cup of sugar (more if you like sweeter desserts.) Make sure you mix it very well. Then mix in one egg.

2. Now add 4-5 egg yolks. I have these beautiful orange-yolked eggs that I get from a local farmer:


Mmm, pretty!

3. Add half a teaspoon of baking powder and mix everything up. Now slowly add about 2 cups of flour, mixing it in very well. Take some pitted cherries (or any other kind of berries you have) and mix them gently into the batter. Place the batter in a buttered baking dish:


4. Now cut an apple and arrange it on top of the batter like a flower:


5. Heat the oven to 350F and place the baking dish there for about 50 minutes. Here is how the finished cake (or, rather, pie, isn’t it?) looks:


Nothing could be easier!

Merry Christmas, folks!

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