Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fresh Cherry Cobbler with Whipped Cream #recipe

LUCY BURDETTE: My hub and I are mad for cherries when they are in season, and trust me we've eaten pounds and pounds of them this summer. But we've never done anything except eat them from the bowl. I couldn't imagine pitting all those little guys. But then I got the image of a cherry cobbler in my head, and it would not be denied. (Sadly, I went to the grocery store yesterday and the cherries were GONE FOR THE SEASON! I'm quite certain you can use this same recipe for blueberries or peaches. Back to the story...)

So I went in search of a cherry pitter and found this one on Amazon, which handles 6 pieces at a time. So it still takes a while (maybe half an hour) to pit enough for the cobbler, but this time it's worth it. Be careful because one diner did find a pit in her portion. You don't want your guests cracking their molars on your dessert! (Recipe has been adapted for low-sodium diets.)

For the cherry filling:

Six cups pitted cherries
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
Half a lemon, squeezed

Place the cherries in an 8 by 8 Pyrex pan, ungreased. Mix in the cornstarch and sugar, and squeeze the lemon over the top.

For the crust:

6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon no sodium baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cream or milk
1/2 cup sugar

Combine the dry ingredients and then cut in the chilled butter, using a pastry cutter. When the lumps are pea-sized, stir in the cream or milk. Do not over mix. With a large spoon place blobs of the crust over the prepared cherries. Do not worry about smoothing the crust or covering every square inch.

Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. The cherries should be bubbling and the crust a light brown. Let the cobbler cool a bit and serve with almond-scented whipped cream.

For the cream:
1 cup organic whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 tablespoon sugar

Whip the cream with the almond flavoring until thick. And the sugar and stir that in. Serve with the cobbler and swoon. (This is very rich--serves 6-8.)

It's perfect for celebrations, like the publication of a new book! Or simply reading a great book. Or, for coming up with an outstanding limerick...

Choosing the winners was hard
Who knew our fans were such bards?
When asked to perform
They stepped out of the norm
And these are the four that we starred!

FChurch wins Hallie Ephron's Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel
Ann in Rochester wins a book from Hank Phillippi Ryan
Deb Romano wins a book from Rhys Bowen
Carla wins a book from Lucy Burdette 

Send me your emails and I'll pass them on to the right folks: LucyBurdette at gmail dot com

And thanks to every single one of you for a terrific day!


Joan Emerson said...

This cherry cobbler recipe gives me a perfect reason to thaw out the cherries in my freezer. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Deborah Romano said...

Sounds yummy! Can a pre made crust be substituted for the one in the recipe? I think this has been a great summer for cherries; I couldn't get enough of them.

And how exciting to find out that I've won a book from Rhys!

Deb Romano

Hallie Ephron said...

I have eaten this cherry cobbler and it is SENSATIONAL! Now to buy a cherry pitter.

Kait said...

Oh, the cobbler sounds fantastic! Even with a cherry pitter though...don't know about that much work. So sad to see cherry season end.

Congratulations to the limerick winners!

Reine said...

Looks great!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

That looks so yummy! Cherries are very special… That wonderful combination of sweet and tart. And, hooray! Just let Roberta know your address, and which book you would like!

Happy Sunday everyone-- I am flying from Jacksonville Florida ( I taught a daylong sisters and Crime seminar and now can barely talk :-) back home to Boston…

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Sisters IN crime -- but you knew that!

FChurch said...

I'm as giddy as a first-grader at winning Hallie's book! Tough competition!

And cherries--I'm a tart-cherry-holic! And cobblers, m-m-m-m!

storytellermary said...

Looks so good! I may have to actually start baking with fruit, though I'm pretty happy with just eating it fresh and plain.
A six-at-a-time pitter sounds quite efficient. I've seen the one at a time versions, but never multiples. Good to give warning of strays, and slowing down and savoring is good, too.

Libby Dodd said...

Deborah Romano--I'd suggest something more biscuit-like, not pie crust. Otherwise you have a cherry pie.

Karen in Ohio said...

Cherry anything, so good.

FChurch, you're my kind of gal, with the tart cherries! My oldest daughter lives in Michigan, and they have a second home north of Traverse City, the Cherry Capitol of the World, where they have an annual Cherry Festival, around July 4th, I think. They have had terrible weather up there this year, and the cherry crop is not so great from the extreme drought, but usually we try to get up there in time for the tart cherries.

If you ever have a chance to make a pie, cobbler, jams, or pastry from the tart cherries, that is the gold standard. You don't need to add lemon juice for the contrast; they have that part inherently, and the best pies ever are made with them. They have spoiled me forever!

Deborah Romano said...

Libby Dodd,

Thanks for the advice. I can almost taste it now!

Deb Romano

Deborah Crombie said...

I love cherry pie. And I even have a cherry pitter! But I think cherries are gone for the season. ..

Deborah Crombie said...

I love cherry pie. And I even have a cherry pitter! But I think cherries are gone for the season. ..

Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib said...

Ok Karen, now I'm lusting for the Michigan cherries!

Jane said...

Cherries...yum. I think the Michigan cherries are gone, but sometimes we get a second round of cherries from Washington or Canada...not quite as good, but still would make a great cobbler.

Karen in Ohio said...

If I ever get the garden I want to have, there will be a tart cherry tree in it!

Kathy Reel said...

Oh, I love cherry cobbler, and this one has my mouth watering! I have never fixed a cobbler myself, but one of our local restaurants has one to die for. My daughter and her family love fresh cherries, and so I recently gifted her with one the cherry pitters exactly like the Amazon one. I expect to be rewarded someday with a cherry cobbler.

Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib said...

You're a smart woman Kathy!

Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib said...

Then you'll have us all over for cobbler?