cherry rhubarb cobbler (twd)

Amanda chose possibly the healthiest recipe in the TWD cookbook. A portion of the flour in the biscuits is whole wheat and there’s <gasp> less than a tablespoon of butter per serving.

Combining rhubarb and cherries is a little unusual – Dorie does it because they have contrasting and complimentary flavors. Fair enough, but they also both have notoriously short seasons that only slightly overlap. I was lucky to find fresh rhubarb still available.

I love rhubarb in uses like this – it cooks down so soft as to be unnoticeable except for the sweet-tart flavor it lends. Sweet cherries, it turns out, I’m not so fond of in cooked fruit desserts. It sounds weird, but I’m annoyed at how well they hold their shape. I guess I want them to cook down and blend in with the other filling ingredients.

The biscuits were fine. Not as light and tender as the ones from Dorie’s other cobbler; these were more dense and bready. (I swear I didn’t overmix them.) They weren’t bad by any means, but maybe a little more wholesome than I prefer for dessert.

Dave, of course, loved the whole thing. He generally prefers healthier food than I do. When we eat out, I order steak and potatoes while he gets fish and vegetables. This cobbler was right up his alley.

Amanda will post the recipe on her blog.


  1. “A little more wholesome than I’d prefer for dessert.” Hah! I love that. The ice cream does bring it closer to the fat requirement 😉 But I’m sure it’s not lacking in the deliciousness department!

  2. I found the same results as you – I also used the term “bready”.
    The ice cream did help but I preferred the last one too.
    Beautiful pictures! I love the soft white background.

  3. Your pictures look amazing! Bready biscuits.. I agree.. well at least when they’re cool.

  4. Looks great! I love being able to see through the dish and look at the dessert! good job

  5. I love your photography and your cobbler looks delicious. Cobbler and ice cream always are a good combo.

  6. Wow. This looks truely satisfying the way you’ve layed it all out. Good, very good.

  7. Your cobbler looks delicious. I’m not a fan of cooked cherries either.

  8. amanda says:

    Lovely pictures!

  9. gorgeous pics! i know what you mean about the cherries, i felt that way about the rhubarb too, but the taste was good!

  10. wow – yours looks so pretty – esp in that glass bowl! yum!

  11. Beautiful pictures! You know, I had trouble with the texture of the cherries holding their shape too but thought I was just being difficult. I am glad to hear it isn’t just me. Your cobbler is beautiful even if the dessert was a little to healthy for you =D. Hubby liked it; that’s a plus, right?

  12. Your pictures look gorgeous! I tried to take pictures by baking in the glass bowl too, but mine didn’t turn out half as nice! I’m so glad you did it because I knew it would be gorgeous!

  13. Your photos look great! makes me want another dish of cobbler right now!

  14. Love the side pic of the bowl! And the fact that it’s too healthy for dessert makes it perfect for breakfast, right?

  15. It was definitely one of the “healthier” items I’ve baked in a while. Nice pictures. Glad it was enjoyed.

  16. Funny… I looked at the recipe and thought “what?!? a healthy recipe from Dorie?!?” too. Sorry the cobbler topping didn’t work better for you.

  17. I love the glass bowl! It is so neat how you can see all the fruit. Great pics!

  18. Your pictures are stunning! Loved your post 🙂

  19. Great photos! Sorry about the top not working for you. :o)
    Hope to see you next week!

  20. So, after looking through other TWD members’ entries, I think it’s possible that I would have liked the top better if we’d eaten the cobbler warm, instead of waiting until it cooled down to room temperature.

  21. Your pictures are gorgeous, as ever! I’m wishing I had a bowl of that cobbler right now, warm weather or no!

  22. when i cook at home, i always make sure that i only cook healthy recipes because i don’t want to get fat -::