Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie—Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler

Cherry Rhubarb CobblerThis is the second cobbler I’ve made from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Baking: From My Home to Yours, and the second one I’ve made in my life! I’ve made several crisps, but not cobblers. One of my favorite flavors is ginger, and this cobbler includes it in the filling and topping, which gives both a little zing.

Filling

Cherries and RhubarbI’m so glad I planted rhubarb in the garden last Fall since I’ve been able to use it in several recipes this year. I was able to pick up some red and golden cherries from the grocery store, which made the final dessert very pretty and pricey! {In the batch I bought, I found the red cherries were much sweeter than the golden ones.}

Topping
The topping contains whole wheat flour, which gives it more bite and texture. To make the topping, I dropped all the ingredients on the counter and my daughter and I had fun squeezing it together. It came together into a very wet ball. I checked the recipe several times to make sure I was supposed to add all the milk and found no hesitation or indication to add a tablespoon at a time, so we poured it in and tried to catch all the dribbles. Then we used an ice cream scoop to drop this wet batter on top of the filling.

Pots & Jars
During a shopping spree at an arts and crafts store earlier this spring, I bought a few mini terracotta pots thinking they would be fun to bake something in. I put a bit of the batter in the bottom to cover the hole, topped it with the cherry-rhubarb filling, and then scooped some batter on top. I also used the pie-in-a-jar idea that I tried earlier with sugar pie since it’s so easy and great for portion control!

Recipe
Ingredients for Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler ToppingIngredients for Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler FillingYou can find the recipe for Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler in the book Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. To see how the rest of the TWD group fared with this week's recipe, click here and then click on each blogger! Thanks to Amanda from Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake who chose the recipe for this week.

Cherry Rhubarb CobblerTasting Notes
I loved the hint of ginger in both the filling and topping. It gives this simple cobbler a bit of sophistication. I would definitely use the filling again in either a crisp or a pie, but I preferred the “cobbled” top that we used for the Mixed Berry Cobbler. Whole wheat flour has a strong taste that doesn’t play well with others and needs a stronger tasting fruit medley. However, my pie-lovin’ daughter thought this dessert was delicious!

Recipe for Next Week (July 29)
Summer Fruit Galette on pages 366-367 chosen by Michelle from Michelle in Colorado Springs.

Link
This must be where I first got the idea...Mari from Mevrouw Cupcake. I loved the idea, but then forgot where I'd first seen it. Mari tells a great story in her post about growing up eating the finest and freshest ingredients available. Thanks, Mari for your creativity!





34 comments:

rainbowbrown said...

Wow, what neat pots. And that's some mighty good thinking, putting the topping over the hole in the bottom. Great work.

The Food Librarian said...

What a beautiful cobbler! I love the flower pots!

diva said...

what adorable little cobblers! like the way you presented em. :) great for individual servings.

PheMom said...

So cute in the little pots! I went with the same mixture of cherries too but I was able yo track down some rhubarb. Beautiful job as always!

Linda said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your use of flower pots! So adorable & creative, and yes the notion of portion control is important!!!

Jeanine said...

What a neat idea, with the little pots & jars. Great thinking! Beautiful looking cobblers.

Natashya said...

I love the little pots. I agree the whole wheat was overpowering the fruit but the ginger was nice.
Beautiful presentation, you are an inspiration!

Engineer Baker said...

Cobblers in pots, what's next? Those are adorable, and I agree - I would never have thought to plug up the hole in the bottom!

Jules Someone said...

These are totally adorable! And tasty!

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Those are adorable! Cute idea!

Hannah

Mary Ann said...

how adorable! I always love your presentation!

Judy said...

What an adorable idea. Your cobblers look great!

Nickki said...

Wow. Your pictures are really stunning! Glad you enjoyed the cobbler :)

Prudy said...

That's just pretty! Great idea.

Anne said...

Those look awesome in the pots and jars! What great photos- I bet they were delicious!

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Jessica Eiden said...

I've wondered about using terracotta pots - now I have to! Thanks for the inspiration and instruction about plugging up the hole.

Great job, your cobbler looks wonderful.

aaliyah said...

That was a great idea to cook the dessert in those little pots. It also sounded like you had loads of fun with your daughter. My daughter has a friend visiting from Denmark so she was practically invisible and I had to go solo on this weeks challenge. She and her friend didn't seem to mind, however, emptying the pan of the delicious goodies lol. Your photos are great. See you next week!

Kelly H said...

I absolutely LOVE the presentation in the pot... perfect for garden parties. Nice job!!!

Michelle H said...

I love the pot idea, it's so cute! :o)

Dolores said...

I imagine that using the cherry medley was not cheap, but it sure is pretty! Especially in the flower pots. I love how you take our weekly assignments and put your personal stamp on each one of them.

Mara said...

whiskalicious, love it shari...the pots are super cute.

CB said...

Freaking adorable! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Great job.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Teanna said...

Always so creative! Absolutely gorgeous photos and I love the little pots!

Steph said...

You are so creative! All your pictures are amazing!

Hillary said...

Baked in a pot?! How interesting! Thanks for the photos. I love white cherries!

Rigby said...

What a cool idea--flower pots :)

Kayte said...

Stunning, as always. Love the little pots and that the dough makes a sort of unified little ball on the top...just sets it off nicely.

The jars work well, too. I love being able to see all the fruit with the jars like that...very nice. Hmmm...which one should I try first??

Great photos, great suggestions, great post...I so wanna be you when I grow up.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they are adorable baked in pots or jars--love it!! and how lucky to have rhubarb in your garden...mmmm.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I made some cupcakes in terracotta planters this year and now I'm sprouting seeds in them! Great idea!

Jenny said...

Ah bummer - here I was going to offer you a bounty of free rhubarb from my yard but then you said you'd planted some yourself!
And so you've been forewarned, rhubarb grows like mad, the more you pull from it, the more comes in, and it takes over. Next year, or the year after, you too will be offering everyone you know some rhubarb. :-)
Love the idea of the pots, will have to pick a few up to use for the kids.

Barbara said...

What wonderful serving ideas--flower pots and little glass jars! Love it!

missy said...

how cute! they look delicious! thanks for comment on my site about the whoopie pies. i need to practice making them again...hope you're having a relaxing and fun weekend! :)

nancysrecipes said...

I LOVE the flower pots ~ what a great idea!

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