This is one of my absolute favorites. You can have the cherries macerating all afternoon, and whip up the finished product while you do the dinner dishes for a special evening dessert. My Belgian husband had never eaten a cobbler before this one, now he can't get enough . . .
- Combine in a large saucepan the cherries, 3/4 cup sugar, tapioca and water.
- Let stand at least one hour and up to several hours, stirring occasionally.
- Cook and stir till slightly thickened and bubbly, about 5 to 10 minutes at a good boil.
- Add 1 TBS butter and set aside.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put the 1/2 cup butter in a 9 X 13-inch glass baking dish and put the dish in the preheating oven.
- While the butter is melting, mix the batter by combining flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and milk.
- When the butter is completely melted, remove the pan and pour the batter into the melted butter.
- The batter will immediately begin to cook, which is what you want.
- Carefully spoon the cherry mixture evenly over the batter.
- Return dish to oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until batter sets and is browned.
- As the cobbler cooks, the batter will begin to rise up around the cherry mixture.
- Serve warm (or at room temperature) with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
We try to do 'healthy' desserts, so I used whole wheat flour, and reduced and replaced all sugar with honey, which worked just fine. We also thought the baking powder was too strong, and I don't think it needs that much to bake up in the same way...so I'll reduce that. It was still really yummy, and was good with cool whip!! Great way to use fresh cherries!
I thought this was pretty good. My husband and kids loved it. I cut the sugar in half for the batter as many suggested in their reviews; I thought the batter then ended up a tad salty. Overall it was good and easy (which I was thankful for).
I made this cherry cobbler last night for dessert for a friend and myself. I'm not a confident dessert maker, but this was very easy and turned out really well. I loved the fresh cherry flavor. Like some other reviewers mentioned, I thought it was a little on the sweet side and very rich and buttery (however, these may be the very things that appeal to other people--I suppose it is a matter of personal taste). I served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Thanks!