Yuletide Cherry Slice

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Now I know we’re only a few days in to November but is it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas, is it? I know I’m a bit biased because for me, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, mostly because I think about it all year round and have my Christmas tree up twice a year. I’d have it up all year round if I could!

I have got some cracking Christmas recipes up my sleeve but I’m sharing this one with you first, because although it’s deliciously festive, like a cute puppy, this recipe is for life, it’s not just for Christmas!

I was going to call this slice “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheesecake” because that’s what everyone says when they taste the delicious almond meal, biscuit like base and it’s light, creamy topping loaded with cherries. It’s just the best and one reason why this recipe is a hardy perennial and will be on rotation all year round.

So tell me, on a scale of one to ten, how much do you love Christmas?

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Serves 12

Ingredients

225g self raising flour

60g almond meal

150g caster sugar

180g unsalted butter, melted

300g sour cream, at room temperature

125g mascarpone, at room temperature

2 eggs

340g bottled, pitted morello cherries in syrup, drained

2 tablespoons brown sugar

icing sugar, for dusting

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How to – Traditional

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160 C fan forced. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm slice pan, ensuring paper extends over long sides of pan for handles.
  2. Combine flour, almond meal and caster sugar in a large bowl. Stir through the melted butter and press the mixture evenly over the base of the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, until just golden. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk the sour cream, mascarpone and eggs in a bowl until smooth and combined.
  5. Spread mixture over base in pan and then scatter the cherries over the top. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20-25 minutes, until just set.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in pan.
  7. Dust with icing sugar and cut into squares just before serving.

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How to – Thermomix

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/160 C fan forced. Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm slice pan, ensuring paper extends over long sides of pan for handles.
  2. Add flour, almond meal and caster sugar to TM bowl. Mix for 5 seconds on speed 5. Set aside.
  3. Add butter to TM bowl and melt for 3 minutes  at 50C on speed 2. 
  4. Add the combined dry ingredients to the melted butter and mix for 15 seconds  on reverse speed 4. Press the mixture evenly over the base of the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, until just golden. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Insert the butterfly to TM bowl. Add the sour cream, mascarpone and eggs and mix for 10 seconds  on speed 3 until smooth and combined. The mixture will be quite runny but don’t worry.
  7. Pour the mixture over base in pan and then scatter the cherries over the top. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20-25 minutes, until just set.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in pan.
  9. Dust with icing sugar and cut into squares just before serving.

    Other info

Prep time: 20 minutes       Cooking time: 40 minutes

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  • I love Christmas and I love this cherry dessert – it definitely represents the festive season. It is so pretty and morello cherries can bend to so many occasions. Thanks for sharing 8)

  • merilyn

    thanks sammie!
    I love that mix of flavours! yum!
    Christmas or not!
    love mxx

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Haha I just noticed that we still have the Xmas stocking up from last year’s Christmas. It’s behind the door so I don’t really notice it. I’m not quite ready for Xmas yet but give me a few weeks 😀

    • I’m trying to persuade David to put up the tree this weekend but I think that’s wishful thinking on my part 🙂 I’m always ready for Christmas!

  • Oh yum, this looks so good and sounds like such a nice mix of flavours! 🙂 I like that it’s egg free too – we are doing a ‘bring a plate’ party at daycare and I need something egg free, I better check what other ingredients aren’t allowed before I commit to this though! 🙂

  • Fresh cherries always remind me of Christmas, my Step Mother would always have a giant bowl of them on the table. I can remember stealing glace cherries out of the fridge door when I was little, I loved them so much!!

    • I never met a cherry I didn’t like – in a jar, in a cake, in a tin or straight out of the bowl! I think that’s why I think this slice is so nice!

  • Oooh, I love festive recipes and this looks absolutely perfect! Yum!!

  • I’m not a fan of glace cherries but I don’t think I’ve tried morello cherries yet. I want to give this recipe a try!