Kirschenmichel (other names include Kirschenplotzer, Kerschemischel, Kirschpfanne and Kirschenmännla) is a traditional dessert of the German Cuisine, especially popular in the regions Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, South Bavaria, Franconia and the southern part of Hessen. It is kind of a pudding and similar to Bread pudding and Bread and butter pudding.

The dessert consists of bread that is a few days old which is kneaded into a dough with butter, milk, egg and sugar. Sour cherries are folded into the dough and the mixture is baked in a casserole dish. Prior to serving the dessert is topped with vanilla, cinnamon, almonds and clove and is then served hot with vanilla sauce.

Although traditionally a dessert, it can also be found as main dish after an appetizer soup.

A similar dish popular in the south of Germany is Ofenschlupfer which consists of layers of aged bread and apple slices (instead of cherries) which are then soaked in a mixture of butter, sugar and egg. Some also add raisins and serve it with hot vanilla sauce.

Here is the recipe


1½ pounds (700 g) fresh sweet dark cherries, pitted

¼ cup (60 g) butter, unsalted, at room temp.

2/3 cup ( 130 g) sugar

3 eggs, at room temp.

½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) good vanilla extract

1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure almond extract

1¼ (150 g) cup flour

1 cup (150 g) corn meal

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup 1 Tablespoon (100 ml) milk


Preheat your oven to 400 F Convection (or 200 C). Grease a 10 inch (26 cm) round spring form. Set aside.

Sift the flour and mix with cornmeal and baking powder. Set aside.

In a stand mixer combine the butter and sugar. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes.

Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix well.

Add vanilla and almond extract. Mix well.

With the stand mixer on slow alternate mixing in the flour and milk. Start and add with the flour mixture.

Fold in the cherries by hand with a spatula.

Transfer the dough into the prepared baking dish and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.

Serve Kirschenmichel warm or at room temperature. Tastes great served with vanilla ice cream or sauce and/or whipped cream.


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