Source for Kirsch, preferably in Oakland?
Need it for a pound cake recipe. Berkeley Bowl doesn't have it. Neither do Buckingham Wine or the Savemore Market. When I called the New Grand Lake Market, the guy said he thought they carried it, but he didn't sound too confident, so it'd be good to have a backup in case they don't come through.
Call Ledger's in Berkeley.
I bought a bottle at Bevmo a few months back but they're currently sold out. K&L has Etter though you'd have to order online for delivery in SF.
I'm not crazy about any of the American cherry spirits. The good German or French stuff is not wasted on baking.
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re: Robert Lauriston
I guess it depends on how deep your pockets are. Also on if we're talking a Tbsp. added to the batter before cooking, or a greater quantity soaking the cake after baking. I assumed the former (w/ the kirschwasser taking the place of the vanilla extract, rum, etc. found in other recipes). If the latter, quality is a greater concern.
I've always found the good Black Forest kirschwasser at Piedmont Grocery, though I have not looked for it recently. They also carry the local St. George Spirits cherry Eau de Vie. If you don't want to spend a fortune, Safeway usually has the cheap DeKuyper kirschwasser. Probably a better call for baking than $25+ for a 375 of something good.
Bevmo has it online but if you really want to keep it local try St. George's Eau de Vie cherry.
From their site.
...notes from the tasting room
"Kirsch is the most difficult of the eaux de vie to do really well, and the most complex to taste. Its cherry tang (enhanced by Pinot yeast) is combined with the almond flavor it picks up from the cherries fermenting with their pits. The cherries themselves are Montmorencies, a sour variety grown in Michigan. Sweet varieties, like Bing and Rainier, are terrific for eating, but don’t translate well into spirits.
Tasters are often fooled by the kirsch’s genteel approach; the smooth almond beginning is chased by a huge, lingering cherry finish. I love the stunned silence that follows. "