This week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, the Mixed Berry Cobbler, was chosen by Beth of Our Sweet Life, and if you'd like to see the recipe, you can head on over there or – better yet – go buy Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours.
Anyway. I was really, really happy to see that this is the one Beth picked – perfectly summery and easy as anything to throw together. And yeah, I mean throw. It was probably the fastest dessert I've ever assembled, and the overall response in my home was "YUMMY!" (Except for Julia, of course, who only had ice cream because "I don't like pie any more.") My husband and son LOVED it, in fact I think my little boy ate more than I did. When he is enamored of something, you can't hold him back.
Like I said – the Mixed Berry Cobbler is perfectly summery, what with so many berries either in season now or on the horizon. We actually have a sour cherry tree in our yard (the cherries are sour; the tree seems pretty friendly) and my kids picked a lot of the ripe fruit on Monday
the birds have been picking plenty as well), and so I used those cherries – 3 cups – and rounded things out with two cups of frozen blueberries.
I had strawberries on hand as well, but Dorie's notes say those are a little too water for a crumble and to "go light" on them, so I just didn't use them at all.
I combined the berries with the sugar, cornstarch and lemon zest as directed…
and poured the mixture into the buttered pie plate.
I got my already-made topping out of the fridge and covered the berries with it…
and popped it in the oven.
An hour later, the crumble was golden brown on top, bubbling away, and smelled mouth-watering. In fact, it had smelled crazy good from about the half hour point on, and were it not for the surprise HAIL STORM we had, it would have been hard to do anything other than stand around in the kitchen inhaling the aroma of dessert as it baked.
We were eating dinner when I took the crumble out of the oven, which is good – the kids were distracted by other food and my lovely crumble could rest, undisturbed, for all of 27 minutes. Dorie recommends 30 minutes, but she hasn't encountered my son.
Anyway, I dished it up (quickly, as the natives were getting restless, and topped it with some strawberry ice cream.
Dorie recommends vanilla, but we had strawberry, and I figured the additional berry flavor would be acceptable. It certainly didn't overshadow the dark, tangy flavor of my sour cherry/blueberry combo.
I may have some for breakfast.
Anyway, if you haven't already, go see what all the other Tuesdays With Dorie folk served up!