Petersdorf is one of the larger towns on Fehmarn island, large being a relative term (the entire island is home to approximately 12,000 people). During my stay on Fehmarn, the Aldi store in Petersdorf is where I did most of my shopping – Aldi prices are quite low, and while Aldi stores aren’t exactly aesthetically pleasing, they still offer a more pleasant shopping experience that The Store With A W That Shall Not Be Named. Say what you will about Aldi, the fact that the company has managed to keep the behemoth W out of Germany is worthy of respect.
Shopping at Aldi takes some getting used to. Aldi is able to offer very low prices because their business model dictates that an average Aldi store stock only about 1,500 different items. That may sound like a lot, but it’s less than five percent – and in some cases less than one percent – of the inventory at many American supermarkets.
I didn’t take much notice of the limited inventory at Aldi until I tried to bake. I could find granulated white sugar, but not confectioner’s sugar (a challenge when making frosting). I could find baking powder, but not cream of tartar (a challenge when making meringues). I also could not find molasses, and I tend to bake with a lot of molasses.
So, I changed my tack. I went on a baking scavenger hunt, searching for interesting ingredients and thinking of ways to use them. Voila! I stumbled upon a big jar of sauerkirschen, or sour cherries. The best part was, the jar was priced at less than half of what I knew these lovely little fruits would cost back home. So, today we are making sauerkirchkuchen, a very simple cherry cake. Enjoy!
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sour cherries (pitted, drained if jarred)
Step 1) Grease an 8″ square cake pan or a glass pie dish; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2) Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Cut butter into dry mixture using a pastry cutter or two forks. Continue cutting butter into mixture until all butter pieces are smaller than peas.
Step 3) Add egg and milk to flour and butter mixture; combine with a fork. Batter should be thick, like biscuit dough.
Step 4) Spread batter into bottom of pan. Top with cherries. If desired, drizzle tops of cherries with 1-2 tablespoons of cherry juice and/or 1 teaspoon of white sugar.
Step 5) Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the dough (pick a spot not covered by a cherry) comes out clean. Check after 35 minutes.
Let cool slightly before enjoying. This makes a wonderful breakfast kuchen served with coffee, or a wonderful dessert served with ice cream!