This is my first Tuesdays with Dorie entry. This weeks recipe was chosen by Amanda from Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake is a Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler, page 415 in Dori Greenspan’s book Baking: From My Home to Yours . My first thought was interesting, I have rhubarb in my freezer that I sliced up and froze a couple of months ago. My next thought was, I have really never liked cherry cobbler or anything cherry flavored. I guess it stems from being feed cherry flavored cough syrup as a kid. Also, I think the only cherry pies I have ever had were made with cherry pie filling, and I do not like cherry pie filling from a can. But I say to myself, what the hell someone will eat it :)
When I went to the grocery store to pick up the necessary items that I needed, mainly sweet cherries and more rhubarb. I took a look at the rhubarb and it didn’t look very fresh. I decided that the thinly sliced rhubarb will have to do instead of the 1-inch chunks that the recipe calls for. Okay, on to the cherries. I have 3 types to pick from and I have only ever eaten a fresh cherry once in my life and that was with A-Jello. So I decide to go for the dark sweet cherries and I picked up a small bag of Rainiers because I thought that they were pretty. I guess sometimes I do act like a girl.
Since I just recently made a cobbler i decided that for this recipe I am going to half it so that I can try to stick to my diet this week. Wish me luck :/ Which means extra cherries. Which also means I can eat them as is or I can make a Clafouti. I also recently bought some plums and apricots, so they could also make their way into something with cherries that is delicious :).
The Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler actually turned out really nice. I used my new cherry pitter and went at the fresh dark sweet cherries. My kitchen ended up looking like I punched a bowl of cherries. There was cherry splatter everywhere, including me :). I ended up making the dough by hand because I have yet to cave in and buy a food processor. The balls of dough on top have a nice sweet, nuttiness, which comes from the brown sugar and whole wheat flour in the dough. The filling had a nice sweetness to it, but it wasn’t too sweet. I wish that the filling was a little thicker but a little more cornstarch can fix that up really quick. This cobbler was really easy to make and very tasty and more importantly doesn’t taste like cherry pie filling :).