8 oz plain flour
4 oz sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 oz unsalted butter, melted
2 lbs black cherries (or pears)
Sift flour with sugar into a bowl, then stir in baking powder and make a well in the center. Whisk in eggs, milk and vanilla extract to form a smooth batter. Add 4 Tbsp of the melted butter. Let stand for 30 mn while preparing fruits. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Butter a 8" round cake tin. Pit the black cherries (or peel, core and thinly slice the pears). Stir fruit into batter and pour into the buttered tin. Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for about 5 min, then turn out onto a wire rack and serve. Serves 4 to 6.