I spotted a whole ton of sour cherries at the farmers market a few weeks ago and they stuck out like a sore thumb in my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking about them but even with that, I didn’t buy them!!! I came home, told Jason about them, and he was like, “that’s what Grandma Wampler used when she made cherry pie! They’re like gold.” Back to the farmers market I went to buy two giant overflowing quarts of them.
What I didn’t realize was they still have pits in them. And we (haha more like Jason) had to pit these individually.
Can I let you know that this is the moment where I thanked the heavens I had my OXO cherry pitter? This is totally not sponsored but without that gadget, I think we would have been cursing at each other and our marriage really would have been tested ?
These sour cherries were definitely worth the time to pit them. They make the most delicious sour cherry cobbler!
At first I wanted to make a pie but I so don’t like dealing with crust or dough of any kind. I was hoping this local pie shop down the street would just sell me their pie dough for $6 or something but they refused. I think it could be good business if they sold their dough. I don’t think many people like making pies so they would still buy pies from them but the occasional home cook (like myself) who would want to make pie with fresh, seasonal fruit would buy dough from them. It’d be another source of income but alas, since they didn’t want to sell me dough (and what’s funny is, at first they thought I wanted the recipe for their dough and told me it was an old family recipe) so I decided to make a classic sour cherry cobbler instead.
Much easier! Literally took no time to put together AND I made my own buttermilk at home because who really ever has a jug of buttermilk at home? I never do and it was not worth running to the store for.
This classic cherry cobbler came out perfectly. It had the right amount of tart and sweetness and the biscuits on top were perfectly crunchy on the outside yet light and airy on the inside.
Since the cherries were rather tart (for my tastes), you HAVE to put a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
If it weren’t for the cherries being sour then putting vanilla ice cream on top would have made the entire dish way too sugary sweet. However, because of the sour cherries, it made this the perfectly balanced sweet treat. Seriously! Not too sour and not too sweet. It was utter perfection.
This was so much easier than a pie and you will be so smitten with the results! I implore you to give it a try with all the fresh fruit in season right now!
Classic Sour Cherry Cobbler
For the filling
- 6 cups sour cherries, pitted
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- Pinch salt
For the biscuits
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk (see notes below)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch oven-safe casserole dish and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the sour cherries with the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, allspice, nutmeg, and salt until the cherries are coated evenly. The cherries will be milky white but that's okay. That's actually how you want it. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center then pour in the buttermilk and melted butter. Mix together with a spatula until dough comes together and no flour is left.
- Pour the sour cherry mixture into the prepared casserole dish in an even layer. Using a spoon, spoon the biscuits over top of the cherry mixture. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's supposed to look rustic :)
- Sprinkle turbinado or sparkling sugar on top of the biscuits.
- Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the biscuits are lightly brown on top and the cherry mixture is bubbling.
- Let cool for 10-15 minutes after you remove from the oven and then serve with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
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