For each passing day the late spring sun tracks a little higher in the sky. The warmth emanating from it intensifies, and feels closer like the sensation of being swaddled in a bath towel straight from the dryer. And all I can think about is the bounty to come while Mother Nature sets the stage for summer. When northern California’s cherries come in, it’s a sure signal that preparations are underway for this time of transition. The region’s crop is right on time this year, and but by all accounts, the offering is sweet and juicy!
Bing cherries make up about half of the crop in the golden state’s cherry production. This variety is the favorite sweet cherry of Californians, and they’ve made their way into farmers markets and stores for Memorial Day celebrations. Not only are cherries gorgeous to look at, but the sweet tang it delivers packs nutritious health benefits too. Considered to be a powerful source of age-fighting antioxidants, cherries also deliver fiber, vitamins and minerals to your diet.
There have been a lot of write-ups about chiffon cake; a delightfully simple cake from a by-gone era, which as clothing does, is back in fashion again. This light and airy cake sits high as a bouffant hairdo, with its light, angel food cake texture—but with an incredibly moist and tender crumb akin to a heavier, rich butter cake. The recipe that swept the nation was developed by a Los Angeles salesman who then sold it to General Mills. After about a year of refining, the company released the recipe into the mainstream in 1948. The rest is, as they say ‘all the rage’.
So while the sun is definitely in preheat mode for the dog days of summer, there’s still time to enjoy these ruby-colored baubles in the west. But do not delay for too long—June’s warm-up begins the end of this cooler climate fruit’s availability.
How wonderful to bring a seasonal fruit star and a perennial cake favorite together in a single jaw-dropping dessert! If your kitchen equipment is lacking one, tube pans aren’t too expensive and you might be able to find one at a flea market or thrift store for pennies on the dollar.