Cherry cobbler with hint of brandy with coconut-cardamom biscuit topping.
Hot summer days call for lazy desserts. As I write this, the air is heavy, with hints of the thunderstorms that sweep through in the late afternoons. The breeze picks up, and I can feel it moving along my inner arm, swirling around the crook of my elbow. The bliss of a lazy Saturday in late July.
I sink into my cushioned patio chair and think about cobbler. It’s the perfect summer dessert: easy to make, and really composed of two desserts. A twofer. A biscuit top, dusted with sugar, capping syrupy fresh fruit.
Right now, bright, shiny cherries are everywhere, so that’s my natural leaning today. But blackberries, blueberries, and even peaches work as well. See what looks good at your farmer’s market. I added brandy to mine, but feel free to add some fresh herbs if that’s your preference. Oh, and I added a touch of coconut to the biscuit topping for a macaroon feel, but only because I had some in my cupboard.
Enjoy, but don’t go to a lot of trouble with this cobbler. Summer is a time to kick back and savor the day.
A Few Cooking Notes:
Most biscuit toppings call for butter, and quite a bit of it. I chose to substitute the traditional butter with buttermilk. If you prefer a more buttery crust, no problem, just substitute 1/4 cup unsalted butter for the 1/4 cup buttermilk.
Cherry Cobbler + Coconut Biscuit: #SundaySupper
- 5 cups sweet cherries
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon instant tapioca
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 3 tablespoons brandy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch kosher salt
- Pit the cherries using a cherry pitter. You should end up with about 4 cups cherries.
- Toss in the remaining Filling ingredients, and allow to sit on the counter while you make the biscuit dough.
Coconut Biscuit Topping
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut and salt together in a medium bowl. Toss with a fork and rub between your fingers to mix the coconut into the dry ingredients.
- Mix the yogurt and buttermilk together in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well with a fork until it comes together into a dough.
- Pour the cherries into a baking dish (I used one that was 6" X 8"), and spoon the dough on top. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar for a little crunch.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until the biscuit topping is lightly browned, and the cherry filling is bubbly.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.