National Cherry Cobbler Day

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

My mouth waters at the thought of a hot cherry cobbler, one scoop maybe two of vanilla ice cream, and fresh dark-roasted coffee. Yep, that’s May 17th—National Cherry Cobbler Day.

According to the dictionary, the definition of a cobbler is: “A dessert consisting of fruit baked in a deep dish with a thick, cake-like crust on top.”

The sweet treat originated in the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries. I imagine settlers made lasting memories and had a grand time with this special dessert. They drizzled thick cream over the warm cobbler or maybe churned homemade ice cream. Are you hungry yet?

Some cooks prefer fresh cherries, even if they have to pit them. Canned or frozen cherries work well too, and the easiest version is to use cherry pie filling. There are so many versions and recipes, although the basic version is a thick, biscuit-like topping, sprinkled with sugar. Some recipes use a pie-type crust nestled in a deep dish, and others use no bottom layer at all. If you’re a chocolate and cherry fan, that version is heavenly. Adding cinnamon and almond flavoring brings the richness to a new level.

This site offers a variety of cherry cobbler recipes:

My favorite recipe uses a crumb topping. It’s easy and a great topping for any fruit. Add a little extra cinnamon and butter, and your mouth and tummy will explode with thank you. I know where I’m headed! Straight to the kitchen to make a cherry cobbler.

Do you have a favorite cherry cobbler recipe?