Monday, November 25, 2013

Door County Cherry Cobbler.

This weekend we attended an annual "friendsgiving" dinner and I made a tart cherry dessert - this is by no means a healthy dessert given the amount of butter and sugar involved. But cherries are good for you, right? Eating cherries like this is worth every extra minute on the treadmill to me!

The consistency of this dessert is closer to cake than a traditional crisp or crumble. I love how pockets of cake are mixed in with huge bites of cherries.

You can use frozen cherries from the grocery store for this, I recommend tart or sour cherries if you can find them. I used frozen tart cherries that I picked fresh back in August. I was in Door County {Wisconsin} with my husband's family and we found a 'pick your own cherry' orchard, Falcon Orchard. We happened to be there on one of the last days cherries were ripe for picking, and the orchard only charged 75 cents per pound. I could have stayed all day!

We picked 20 pounds, and spent many hours later that weekend pitting each individual cherry. I still have {most} of these frozen cherries in my freezer. I'm hoping to make as many cherry recipes as possible over the holidays to share the love.

Door County Cherry Cobbler
Serves 10-12.

Cherry base:
1.5 pounds frozen tart cherries
3 Tablespoons white sugar
3 Tablespoons white flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 and 3/4 cups white flour
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt

Brown butter:
7 Tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla

Step 1 - Mix the cherry base.
  • Stir the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt with frozen cherries. Layer evenly in a 13-9 baking dish.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2 - Mix the dough and combine with the cherry base.
  • Whisk the eggs. Place the dough ingredients in a bowl and create a dough with your hands. The dough is ready once all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. It will be very sticky, but don't worry - it's supposed to be. 
  • Incorporate the dough with the cherries.
Step 3 - Brown the butter.
  • Heat butter on low in a saucepan. Once it is almost completely melted, turn the heat up to medium-low and stir occasionally until the butter turns a light brown color.
  • Pour the browned butter over the cherry + dough mixture in the baking dish.
Step 4 - Bake!
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes. The dessert is done when the top turns light brown. Let the cobbler rest for 15 minutes before serving.
{Adapted from theKitchn's Tart Cherry Crumble}

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