Introduction: Gerald Charles James “Gerry” Francis (born 6 December 1951) is an English former footballer and manager.
Francis made his debut for Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool in March 1969. He was captain and central midfield player during the 1970s and was a key player in the QPR side which came within a hair’s breadth of their first-ever league title in 1976. He won 12 caps for the England team between 1974 and 1976, and was captain for eight of those matches.
Preparation time: 40mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
Home kit: large and small mixing bowls, large pie dish
Away kit: 4-6 plates and spoons
- ¾ lb. black cherries, washed and stems removed (leave the stones in)
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp. butter
- ¾ cup flour, sifted
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- Caster sugar
Method: Preheat the oven to 180oC
Put the cherries in a bowl, sprinkle with ¼ cup of the sugar, and let marinate for 30 minutes. Butter a deep pie dish. Put the flour, salt and remaining ¼ cup sugar in the large bowl. Add the eggs and mix in followed by the milk and another thorough mixing.
Put the cherries in the pie pan and pour in the batter. Stick it in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden. Dust with the caster sugar.
Full time results
Allow to cook, stick on plate, eat
Note: The traditional method is to not pit the cherries. Leaving the stones in keeps the cherries very juicy. However, you can de-pit them if you so desire. But if you do leave them in, be sure to let your guests know before eating. Unless they support Chelsea, Fulham and Brentford.