Eating Abroad

>> Saturday 11 July 2009

When my travels take me up North, it is not always easy to return home and recreate the dishes I enjoyed. Sure, I can find some of the ingredients back in the Caribbean but they are usually imported, sometimes not of the best quality and they often cost a fortune. You know, like they were flown in on first class or something! Click here to read the column.

I'm currently on holiday and I'm on a cherry binge; with each bag of cherries I’ve bought, I've made different things like jam and compote. And then on Tuesday, I made a cherry cobbler. It was so nice, that I made it twice, within a 24-hour period!!! The first cobbler was for a friend’s birthday and I wanted to make something simple yet interesting for dessert. I personally feel that after a certain number of birthdays, birthday cake becomes boring, more so if you’re not a cake person. For more, read my column.

What I love about this cobbler is that the fruit is embedded in the batter, it's cuddled lovingly and sweetly. I promise you, if you make this once, it will immediately become one of your go-to desserts. The great thing about the recipe also is that you can use any firm ripe fruit to make it. I made one with plums.

I first saw this cobbler at Evolving Tastes over a year ago and had it bookmarked. The original recipe can be found here. I made some flavour additions to the batter - I added 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon greated nutmeg. I also used 3 instead of 2 cups of fruit because I wanted it really fruity. I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup each - for the batter as well as for the filling. See my adapted recipe here. Make this cobbler and watch it disappear in no time!

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