Each year, I work hard to mete out my excitement about holiday recipes and holiday cooking. The food, I think, is a lot like any other part of observing the season—putting up decorations, listening to holiday music. Too late is too late. But there’s such a thing as too early, also, and it’s important not to overdo it. This wholesome sweet cherry upside down cake is my first Thanksgiving/holiday recipe of the season, and it’s a great one to start with.

Teaming up with @nwcherrygrowers to make your holiday season sweet & wholesome! A couple years ago, I read about a dessert called "Nantucket Cranberry Pie" in one of Laurie Colwin's books. It's a cake, not a pie, but the idea was intriguing. This year, for Thanksgiving, I've created it with a couple of key twists: 1) inverting it, thus creating an upside-down cake, and 2) using sweet, juicy cherries in place of cranberries! This wholesome sweet cherry upside down cake is the happy result. It's made with spelt flour, unrefined sweeteners, and it's low in fat (for dessert). It's also topped with walnuts and cherries—so, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Best of all, it's very possibly the easiest holiday dessert you'll ever make! Get the recipe on the blog today (link in bio). Happy holiday season! 🍒🍁 #sponsored #cherryhealthbenefits #cherryrecipes #holidays #holidaycooking #dessert #cake #baking #bakinglife #vegan #veganrecipe #whatveganseat #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #veganfoodshare #plantbased #plantpower #crueltyfree #Thanksgiving #wholegrains #nom #instayum #instafood #foodshare @thefeedfeed #thefeedfeed #f52grams

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A couple of years ago, I fell in love with Laurie Colwin. I  gobbled up Home Cooking and More Home Cooking, then moved on to her fiction and loved it, too. Colwin likes simple food in general, and especially simple desserts; she has no patience for fussy pastries or decorative confections. The desserts she does love are homey, satisfying, and easy to make. Gingerbread is a particular favorite of hers.thefullhelping.com

These are my kinds of desserts, too. The homier and more rustic, the better. Cakes and quickbreads, mostly. “I like a cake that takes about four seconds to put together and gives an ambrosial result,” Colwin says in a chapter of More Home Cooking titled “Waiting for Dessert.” I agree.

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Not bad, for dessert.

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