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Cherry Carnival

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) can sour cherries
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch pan.
  2. Drain cherries, reserving juice. Cut cherries into small pieces.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  4. Mix shortening, 2 cups sugar, eggs and milk; beat until smooth.
  5. Blend in flour mixture and cherries; pour into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes; cut into squares.
  7. Mix remaining sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Add enough water to reserved cherry juice to make 1 1/2 cups liquid; add lemon juice and almond extract.
  8. Add to cornstarch mixture; boil for 1 minute.
  9. Serve over pudding squares, topped with whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: 12 servings

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