Can we start with this: On Christmas Eve, it snowed on our hill. Look at my babies. They have no idea what to do.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a dessert hack.
Our new home town is also home to Harry and David, gourmet grocers, famous for their Moose Munch and gift baskets. Their flagship store also has fresh groceries. Last week they had cherries for $2/lb. So I bought a bunch, thinking I would make some jam.
Then the kids started eating them.
A few days ago I put them away in an effort to save enough to make a cherry cobbler for Christmas dinner. I need to work on my hiding places, because yesterday morning there were twenty sad cherries in the bottom of the bowl.
What I did have in abundance was cranberries and tangerines. So I made up a citrus cranberry cherry cobbler, using the cobbler topping from my trusty BHG New Cookbook (the 1989 version, thank you very much). Super easy and delicious!
1 bag fresh cranberries
½ cup water
½ cup fresh squeezed tangerine juice (orange would work, too)
¾ cup sugar
Whatever cherries (or any other berries, fresh or frozen) you got, sister! Pit them, of course.
1 cup flour
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
Pop the cranberries, sugar, water and juice into a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until cranberries pop and break down into sauce, stirring occasionally, about ten minutes. Add cherries, and cook for a few more minutes, until the cherries begin to soften.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Cut in the butter fork or pastry knife. Whisk milk and egg separately, then add to mixture, stirring just to combine
Pour hot fruit mix into an 8x8x2 baking dish. Crumble topping over mixture. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until crumble browns.
I would normally serve this with homemade whopped cream, but since my Kitchenaid DIED on December 23 and the nearest service center is Portland–no, I can’t talk about it, hurts too much.
Ice cream would work too.
Dana and I hope you enjoy this Christmas season. We’ll see you again on Epiphany. In the meantime, happy New Year to you and yours. Be warm, be safe, be happy!