Friday, July 06, 2012

Ask and You Shall Receive...Cherry Cobbler

My best friend from residency is working in a clinic that isn't associated with the I don't get to see her at work anymore.  I think we're going to try to get together a couple of times a month for sure to visit and let K and Lukie play together.  We decided that we should cook out for July 4th.  So, after we came up with the big plan (hamburgers and hotdogs with fruit salad) I asked D what he wanted for dessert.  "Cherry or apple pie."  Hmmm...we had just had blueberry pie a week or so ago but he says "I like pie."
 Then he said cobbler would work.  Okay....then I see that cherries are on sale for $1.99.  WOW!  That's huge...they're usually $4/pound.  So, I bought a bag...but forgot to get a cherry pitter.  So, I sat on my floor and pitted 3 pounds of cherries with a knife. 
My hands were stained after...but it was worth it!  :-)  The recipe for cobbler I found was pretty simple.  Just put the fruit on the bottom and top with a batter.  It was a bit difficult to spread. 
You do pour a simple syrup/corn starch mixture on top...I might try to use less sugar next time and let the fruit do its own sweetening.  Jason, Sarah's husband, really enjoyed it as well.  You could use any fruit you wanted to with this.  A great year-round dessert. 

Cherry Cobbler
4 cups fruit, prepared as appropriate
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter/margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup self rising flour (original recipe said 1 cup flour and 1 tsp baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp corn starch (ooops...I used 1 tbsp!)

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray 13X9 pan with cooking spray.  Pour prepared fruit in bottom of pan.  In a mixer, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar.  Stir in flour.  Then add milk and vanilla.  Spread this over the fruit.  Heat water to boiling and dissolve remaining 3/4 cup sugar and corn starch.  Pour over top of batter.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until browned.  Enjoy topped with ice cream and in the presence of friends and family!