Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Strawberry-Cranberry Cobbler

This week's Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe was an exercise in flexibility. It was supposed to be Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler Pie, as chosen by Tracey of Tracey's Culinary Adventures.I was so excited to make the recipe, as strawberry-rhubarb is one of my favourite fruit combinations. The problem? I have yet to find rhubarb at any grocery stores or farmers' markets. Boo.

I was also out of lemons, the zest of which was supposed to add flavour to the cobbler topping. I used freshly ground cardamom instead, which worked well.

I thought I'd try an equally tart fruit, so I substituted cranberries, which ended up being an incredible pairing. I've never had the two berries together, but they complemented each other perfectly. I'm thinking about making strawberry-cranberry jam this summer.

The other key ingredient I was missing? Energy. I just ran out of the time and motivation to make a pie crust, and so I didn't, making this cobbler pie just a plain old cobbler.

But it really was a fantastic dessert, with a double dose of bright berry flavour and sweet flaky biscuits on top. The filling was sweeter than it needed to be and never really set up properly, but a bit less sugar and a bit more corn starch ought to fix that. The flavour of this one makes it worth trying again.

Thanks for the great choice, Tracey! Visit her blog for the recipe.


Tracey April 26, 2010 at 12:16:00 AM EDT  

Thanks for baking along with me this week! Your cobbler looks terrific and I have no doubt it was still delicious without the pie crust. Brilliant idea to use cranberries in place of the rhubarb - I don't think I've ever had that combination before but it sounds great! Glad the cobbler was a hit :)

Nina April 26, 2010 at 12:30:00 AM EDT  

Interesting combination - sounds great! Now that makes me want to try it!

The cobbler looks great! and I know how you feel about not having enough energy. It's so draining to be in school.

Julie April 26, 2010 at 11:48:00 AM EDT  

This looks delicious! Love the combination of strawberries and cranberries. Yum!

rebecca April 26, 2010 at 12:31:00 PM EDT  

I love the substitution of cranberries- and I agree with the idea of less sugar. I put in 1/4 cup less on my second try, and I liked that amount, but my brother still preferred it even less sweet. He still ate half the pie though.

margot April 26, 2010 at 10:03:00 PM EDT  

It looks so good! Your changes are good ones. I don't think you necessarily need a pie crust and a topping (it was yummy, though). You're making me wish I'd frozen some cranberries while they were in season, the combination sounds amazing.

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