Another yumtious Tuesday has arrived, and with it comes Dorie's tasty Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler. This was chosen by Amanda of Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake, and you can find the recipe posted on her blog.
I've never worked with rhubarb before, so it was another learning experience for me. There were some confusing moments at the grocery store, especially because there was no sign over the rhubarb, but we ended up picking out the right stuff (the one with no leaves... not the Swiss chard!!) I really liked the sour flavor it brought to the dish, although I wasn't crazy about the texture. I think I would cut it into smaller pieces next time, rather than 1" pieces as stated in the recipe.
The other fruit component was fresh cherries. Unlike the rhubarb, which I had to really hunt for, there were tons of cherries available. The odd thing was that although I bought well over a pound of cherries, it came out to only 12 oz after stemming and pitting them. So, I ended up with 16 oz of rhubarb and 12 oz of cherries... opposite to the proportion in the recipe. Obviously, I added another 50g of sugar to even out the sweetness ;)
I didn't have a cherry pitter, so I just used a paring knife to cut around the pit, like I would for an avocado, and took out the pit by hand if it didn't pop out. (The riper ones seemed to hold on to the pit more.)
I could really taste the added ginger in the filling -- luckily, I like ginger! I thought everything balanced out very nicely (and the extra sugar didn't hurt).
The topping on this cobbler was different from the previous one in that the biscuit dough contained whole wheat flour, giving the finished product a hearty, nutty flavor. Also, this topping was rolled into little balls, rather than rolling it out and laying it over top of the cobbler. I thought they were kinda cute :) I didn't use the recommended 8"x8" pyrex dish, since I didn't have one, so mine were a bit farther apart than they probably should have been.
I liked this topping a lot, especially the part that soaked in the fruit juices. It came out a little heavy and dense (although that could be just user error), but when combined with the fruits it went really well. As Dorie says, any biscuit issues are completely covered up by the fruit :)
In all, this cobbler is definitely recommended... another delicious treat from Dorie :) Check out the other TWD blogs for all of their cobblers. There are so many blogs at this point, I can't even keep up!
On another note -- I will be sitting out of TWD for the next few weeks, since I am getting married this weekend! We'll be going to Greece on our honeymoon, so I'm sure I will have tons of photos of delicious Greek food to share with you when I get back!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008