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.

5 comments:

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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