Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cherry Cobbler for Two (if you're nice)

Man, I have been on a cherry kick lately. Do you ever get those food cravings that come outta nowhere?! Well that's me right now, I mayyy or may not have consumed 2-3 pounds of cherries within the past couple of weeks...and by weeks I mean days. :/

So why the cherry? Well, they're sweet and flavorful and they don't have thick, bitter skins like grapes do (no offense grapes). This food craving all started because we're actually taking a mini summer vacation and visiting our families in Jax soon so I have been trying to cut back a little since I haven't actually seen myself in a bathing suit in.... probably 2 years (yikes). When I "cut back" I don't eat less food, I just try to incorporate more fruits and veggies, hence the cherries. I found out through desperation (aka I hadn't gone to the grocery store in over a week and it was between this and an unripened peach) that frozen cherries are a tasty treat in the heat of summer (and you don't have to worry about pits which is a bonus).

I feel less crazy about my food obsessions if I transform them into different recipes, like cherry cobbler for instance. Plus I still feel not so guilty when the majority of the dessert is fruit so it's technically healthy I'm I right?

Sweet, slightly tart, and topped with crumbly goodness - I understand if you don't want to share.

Cherry Cobbler for Two

1 (8oz) bag of frozen dark sweet cherries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp corn starch
1/4 cup water

for the topping...

1/2 cup cold butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 quick rolled oats
1/4 cup AP flour
1/4 tsp salt


1.In a medium size sauce pan add frozen cherries, water, sugar, and almond extract, bring to a simmer on medium low heat then add corn starch. Stir regularly for about 5 min. or until mixture has thickened (you may need to add some additional water if mixture become too thick).
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3.When cherry mixture has thickened, remove from heat and let cool. Add to two buttered ramekins. To make the topping, add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until crumbles form - distribute over cherries and bake in oven for 15-20 or until golden brown on top. Enjoy on it's own or with a dollop of vanilla ice cream if you're feelin' crazy.

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