Ashley and I just love cherry season…We wait around until our favorite orchard, Cherry Hill, opens up for picking each July! We always make a trip up there at least once…sometimes 2 or 3 times if we can! Every year, we make a delicious Bing Cherry Cobbler for the family to enjoy. And this year, we wanted to share it with you!
Now, a lot of recipes call for you to use pie cherries, but we simply don’t enjoy pie cherries as much as we love Bing! So, that’s why we recommend solely using bing cherries for whatever recipe you decide to go with.
First things first, getting a cherry pitter is a must! One year, we didn’t have one and we had to cut all the pits out by hand…and let me tell you it was not a good idea! It not only took way longer, but took a lot of the fun out of baking.
We recommend tag teaming this one as baking can sometimes be a lot of work..Ash was in charge of making the crust, while I took on the role of the filling. We just love all of the America’s Test Kitchen recipes and having used their recipe before, we knew we wanted to use it again! We got this family favorite from their “Best Baking Recipes” cooking magazine.
I used 3 lbs of cherries, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Ashley might just be the best baker in the family, so we decided she’d take on the dough (Our favorite part!) We doubled the dough because we believe there can never be enough!
The recipe from America’s Test Kitchen calls for: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup plus 2 tsp of sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup buttermilk (chilled), 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.
Just combine the flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Next, stir the buttermilk and melted butter together. Then, combine the flour mixture and buttermilk mixtures together.
Next, drop small biscuit sized clumps on top of the cherries. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top of the dough. Now the recipe calls to cook the biscuits and fruit separately before finally baking together, however, we baked everything together and it turned out just perfect!
Set the oven to 400 degrees and keep an eye on your cobbler. We baked ours for 35 minutes before we decided it was perfect. Each oven is different so keep a close watch so it doesn’t burn! We also recommend putting a cookie sheet underneath as the juice from the cherries will spill over and cause a mess for you to clean up later!
And this my friends, is the final product. It was truly as yummy as it looks! So for your next summer party, surprise your guests with this yummy treat!
Abigail and Ashley