Монастырская изба is one of the most popular cakes in post-Soviet countries. И за что его не любить? Кислые вишни, песочное тесто, крем из подслащенной густой сметаны — простые и хорошо сочетающиеся ингредиенты. Sour cherries are rolled into a thin layer of dough and baked to look like cilindrical pies. The pies are layered with thick sweetened sour cream to represent a log cabin, то бишь дровяную избу.
Most of the cakes look more attractive before they are sliced. This cake is different, its beauty opens when you slice it.
It has many other names besides Monk’s Log Cabin — Cherry Hill, Cherry Honeycomb, Hut (or Roof) Under the Snow, etc. This cake also has many recipe variations. The dough can be pate brisee, or puff pastry, or soft cookie dough. Those who want to keep the dough crumbly, use buttercreams. Those who wish the dough to become moist, use thick sour cream whipped with sugar. Sour cherries are the only ingredient that is the same. In the U.S., sour cherries are different than in Europe, and the variety that comes close to what can be used for this cake is Balaton. Montmorency tart cherries lack the flavor.