When you have a limitless supply of cherries, you get creative.
A few days ago, I asked my client if I could go into his orchard and pick some cherries. I’d finished off the 15+ pounds of Rainiers I’d picked in Quincy two weeks before and was fresh out of fruit. Across the street from my RV were 86 acres of ripening cherries. My client gave me the green light and I’ve had fresh-picked cherries in my fridge ever since.
If you have some kind of comment about the affect of cherries on my digestive system, save them. I seem to be immune to the usual effects. Indeed, I easily put away a pound of cherries a day with no significant side effects.
But I am bored with simply popping fresh cherries from a plastic container. Back in June, I began experimenting with cobbler. The results were so-so. I wanted an easier recipe so I turned to Bisquick.
Bisquick, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a Betty Crocker/General Mills product known primarily as a pancake batter mix. But what a lot of folks don’t realize is that it’s a good quickbread batter mix that you can also use to make biscuits and “shortcake.” (Shortcake is in quotes because it doesn’t make real shortcake.)
The trick is to mix Bisquick with milk and a small amount of sugar to make a batter. Then bake it for a little sweet breadlike cake. Add fruit to the batter and you have an easy cobbler.
Here’s my current recipe. It makes just one (because I’m by myself here) but I don’t see why you couldn’t multiply the recipe to make more. You might try making individual ones in large muffin tins.
- 1/4 cup Bisquick
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 7 cherries, pitted and split in half
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease an ovensafe custard cup or other suitable baking vessel.
- In a small bowl, mix the first three ingredients until blended.
- Fold in the cherries.
- Place batter in custard cup.
- Bake 20 minutes or until batter is done.
This would probably be excellent with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. I have neither so I do without. It isn’t bad.
If you give this a try — with or without your own modifications — please do use the comments for this post to let us know what you think.