From Sweet Serendipity: Delightful Desserts and Devilish Dish by Stephen Bruce
Cherry Pan Dowdy
2 15.5-ounce cans pitted cherries (can use sweet, or a combination of sweet and tart cherries)
1/2 cup kirsch liqueur
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces, plus extra for the pan
2/3 cup cold milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon heavy cream
Granulated sugar, for dusting (such as Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Sugar)
1 pint heavy cream, whipped, for serving
Special equipment: 2-1/2" round cutter
- Drain the cherries well, reserving the juice. Macerate the cherries in the kirsch for 2 hours.
- Make the biscuits: Preheat your oven to 425ºF. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process briefly to blend; add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 15 to 30 seconds. Add the milk and process until just incorporated; the dough will be dry.
- Working the dough as little as possible, turn it out onto a clean surface and bring it together with your hands into a ball. Press the ball flat to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut out biscuits with a sharp 2 1/2-inch round cutter and place them on a buttered baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
- Lightly beat the egg in a small dish, add the cream, and stir. Brush each biscuit with the egg wash, and then sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden brown and puffed. Transfer to a rack. Keep warm for serving.
- Make the filling Drain the macerated cherries again, add the kirsch to the reserved juice. Set the cherries aside.
- Blend 2 tablespoons of the cherry liquid with the cornstarch until there are no lumps. Combine the rest of the liquid with the sugar in a medium saucepan. Blend in the cornstarch mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In another saucepan, heat the cherries with as much of the sauce as you desire. The more sauce, the more will soak into the biscuits.
- To serve, split a warm biscuit in half. Place 1/2 cup warm cherry sauce on bottom half of the biscuit. Place the other half biscuit on top, forming a sandwich. Slather the whole thing in whipped cream.
Makes about 8 frumpy cakes.