The one good thing about summers in North India is an abundance of fabulous fruit. So many colours and hues, sweet and juicy, each one with a unique taste and flavour. We are truly fortunate to have such a vast seasonal variety of fresh local produce available to us. Eating seasonal and local is healthy for us and for the environment. Its easier on the wallet, we get nutritional variety and the produce definitely tastes much much better. Somehow eating mango in winters doesn’t quite have the same charm, right? Cherries are one of my favorite summer gems and this Upside Down Cherry Cake is an absolute delight to make and enjoy with a cup of tea.
With summers also come school vacations and there is a constant cry of battle in my house! There are incessant demands for activities and “new” foods every day. I am very happy to engage my children in kitchen chores and it seems that they don’t mind at all. We made these little cakes together one of those afternoons they needed sorting out! They pitted and chopped the cherries, measured the ingredients, greased the pans, wiped the counters. Have to start them young!! 🙂
So this Upside Down Cherry Cake is pretty straight forward…with a little twist of turning it upside down! Almond meal not only makes the crumb tender and moist, but it also brings health benefits of almonds to your baked goodies. I try to use wholewheat flour in my regular baking as far as possible. While it may not work well in all bakes, you’ll be surprised to find many recipes are just as delicious with wholewheat flour.
Not only do Cherries taste divine, but they are also amazingly beneficial for our health. They have a low glycemic index which makes them diabetic friendly. Being pigment-rich food, they are loaded with anthocyanins which are known to have very high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Cherries also contain melatonin which helps cure insomnia and maintaining healthy joint function. They help control blood pressure and promote heart health.
I just love how the cherries release their delicious sweet-tart juice into the cake, making it so lip smackin’ good!! But then this cake holds up very well to any fruit you may want to use….. peaches, apples, pears, pineapple, apricots, strawberries, plums or any combination you like!
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