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Cherry-Berry Cobbler – A Presidential Salute

Posted By Jeff Yeager On February 21, 2012 @ 10:24 am In Money Talk | Comments Disabled

[1]“This is delicious! You didn’t make it yourself, did you?”

Last February when we were snowed in, we hosted an impromptu dinner party for a handful of neighbors who were brave – and tall – enough to wade through the snowdrifts and reach our front door. The dinner fare was pretty basic, prepared entirely from food we had on hand [2] in the pantry and freezer, which is actually a pretty fun way to cook.

But it was the dessert [3]- a toasty warm cherry-berry cobbler served with the last half-scoops of vanilla ice cream from a nearly empty carton – that had everyone at the dinner table salivating and questioning whether it was truly homemade.

Since it just happened to be the week of President’s Day, I had the satisfaction of responding to my dinner guest’s query in character: “I cannot tell a lie,” I said solemnly. “I did make it myself…but I did not cut down the cherry tree.”

Here’s my recipe for the simple but scrumptious cherry-berry cobbler I made that evening in my beloved crockpot [4], a perfect tribute to both George Washington and getting creative with whatever cooking ingredients you have on hand:

  • 1 can (20 ounce) cherry pie filling (“No Sugar Added” type is plenty sweet for this recipe)
  • 4 cups frozen berries (any type of berry or combo will work just fine)
  • 1 roll (16 ounce) prepared sugar cookie dough
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Slivered almonds or other chopped nuts (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of cherry liqueur or cherry bandy (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Spray the inside of the crockpot with a light coating of spray cooking oil to make cleanup easier. Mix the pie filling, frozen berries, cinnamon, and cherry liqueur/brandy together in the crockpot. Crumble or coarsely cube the sugar cookie dough, and spread it evenly across the top of the mixture. Top with almonds/nuts if desired.  Cook on high heat for 4 -5 hours, until cookie dough is browned and fully cooked, and the cobbler is bubbling.  Serve warm, with ice cream or whipped cream on top, and ideally on a snowy February night with some good friends around the table.

Photo by outdoorPDK [5] via Flickr Creative Commons.

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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/yeager-blog-cherries1.jpg

[2] food we had on hand: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2010/savings_challenge_fiscal_fast.html

[3] the dessert : http://blog.aarp.org/2011/10/13/my-good-enough-for-company-cheapskate-dessert/

[4] my beloved crockpot: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2009/slow_cooking.html

[5] outdoorPDK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21202718@N00/

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