Fresh Cherry CobblerBing cherries have been popping up in my supermarket for a reasonable price already this year. They’ve been really good too – dark red and firm. Usually, it’s all I can do to restrain myself from eating them all “as-is” – but I do like to bake with them when possible. And muddling is always fun, and there’s no better reward than these fresh cherry margaritas.

A couple weeks ago, I headed over to the Opportunity Shop on the island. It’s a thrift store that is run by one of our local churches. We were at our weekly lunch excursion to Mom’s, and I left the boys with her to walk over to the thrift store, for a few blessed minutes alone. I always find my favorite props and old table linens there. And, on this occasion – I got an awesome stash of cookbooks. 2 of Giada’s cookbooks, an America’s Test Kitchen cookbook (Restaurant Favorites at Home), and also this Wolfgang Puck cookbook. We went home, the boys took a nap, and I enjoyed a cup of tea and my new cookbooks in peace. When I came across Wolfgang’s recipe for fresh cherry cobbler – I knew that it had to happen. I had just enough cherries in the fridge, so I made it for dessert that very night.

It was absolutely delicious. Often with cherry desserts, the flavor is so artificial. Not the case here! Every bite was bursting with the flavor or fresh cherries, only intensified because they’d been baked. And the cobbler topping just soaks up all the juices that were exuded during the baking process. Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it really was Heaven.

My only complaint was the cobbler topping though. Not really a fan of the fact that you roll it out, then cut squares. Next time I’ll probably cut a cute shape out with a cookie cutter. Or maybe just do a crumbled cobbler topping – there’s something about that rustic look that I just love. Regardless, this was a wonderful dessert that I’m definitely looking forward to making again when cherry season is in full swing!

11 Comments

  1. Kim in MD
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    I love cobbler! This cherry version looks especially delicious, Laura. I love that you scored such great cookbooks at your local thrift store. You can’t go wrong with Giada, ATK or Wolfgang Puck!

  2. Posted February 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    So envious that you’re able to find cherries this time of year! I’ll have to bookmark this one for the summer months, which is about the only time cherries appear in my local store. I’m intrigued by the ATK cookbook you mentioned, running to check my library for it now… :)

  3. Posted February 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    What I would give for a margarita right now, but man this fresh cherry cobbler sounds just as amazing. I guess indulging in my sweets during this pregnancy is one bonus!! Can’t wait to try this out!

  4. Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

    What a fabulous score at the thrift store. Cherry cobbler sounds awesome right now. Can you please send some my way?

  5. Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM | Permalink

    Wow, this is a lovely looking cherry cobbler Laura! That’s one of my favorite desserts, especially in the summer, and I love your variation on it in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Posted February 7, 2013 at 1:06 AM | Permalink

    I cannot wait for cherry season, your cobbler looks so tasty!

  7. Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    This looks decadent! Can you believe I still have cherries in my freezer from last season? I wonder if they’re still good… Thinking I might have to see by making THIS cobbler! (And, I think the square topping looks cute! Even if you don’t…lol!)

  8. Posted February 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this! My grandmother used to make a cherry cobbler and it brought back some great memories for me! I loved that you used fresh cherries (she used canned…but it was still good) :)

  9. Posted February 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

    My baba used to have this gorgeous metal cherry pitter that would clamp onto the counter. If you filled the feeder and turned the crank pits would come out one side and cherries the other. I think those memories are what makes cherry desserts always feel extra special to me. Your cobbler looks gorgeous!

  10. Amy
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

    How many would you say this serves? I am definitely going to give this a try for an upcoming girls’ night recipe swap!

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