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