Saturday, June 7, 2008

Weekend Treat

I made this today at The Manor and believe me, it is to die for. The
recipe is from this month's issue of Gourmet magazine. Hope you try it
and be sure to let me know what you think!

Stone Fruit Cobbler

For filling:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
3 lb mixed stone fruit, pitted and cut into 1/2 inch thick wedges
(I used fresh cherries, apricots and plums)
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pure almond extract

For topping:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal (not stone-ground)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup heavy cream
2 tsp sugar

Make filling: Preheat oven to 400
with rack in center. Butter a 3 quart glass or ceramic
baking dish. Toss together filling ingredients in a large
bowl. Spread out in baking dish and bake until just
bubbling. 25 minutes or so.

Make topping while filling bakes: Whisk together
flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt, then blend in
butter with your fingertips or pastry blender until
mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cream and
stir until dough forms. Turn out dough on lightly
floured surface and lightly dust with flour. Then roll
out 1/2 inch thick. Cut out biscuits and arrange
1/2 inch apart over hot filling. Brush tops with
cream, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake until topping
is golden and fruit is bubbling in center. 15-20 min.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


  1. Willow....that looks pretty much "died and gone to heavenly" :)

    I hope your having a wonderful day...Dee Dee

  2. I have a sweet tooth. Er - confession time - I have may sweet teeth.

    Loved your comment on my moose post!!

    Maybe you can do dessert and I can do my special BBQ Salmon when you come and visit Mrs Authorblog and the Authorbloglets and me one day ....

  3. That looks old fashioned and delish...the perfect comfort food!

  4. I almost bought apricots at the farmer's market today, and now I wish I had. I will definitely give this recipe a try, Willow.

  5. Mmmmmmmmm... dagnabit that looks so good! Not just a great cook, but an ace girl photographer... really Willow - fantastic picture. I think you need to do your own cook book!

  6. That looks very, very good. Unfortunately I'm not much of a cook. If I tried making that, my kitchen would look like a flour mill explosion or something. Maybe tho...

  7. If there's any left, I'll be over shortly for breakfast...

  8. Oh, Australia is a dangerous and distant land. Illinois is a MUCH more suitable destination for a meal like that, lol...

  9. I just knew there would be some wonderful recipes posted from the Manor while I was gone...I see I've got lots of catching up to do...

  10. David and Dave,

    I will come, recipes and apron in tow, to whip up something yummy for you and your bloglets, but here's the catch: I have to visit the Art Institute of Chicago and see a production at the Sydney Opera House. And since Australia is a dangerous and distant land, I might have to see the Heide Museum of Modern Art, in addition to the opera. ;);)

  11. Rebecca,

    It's really nice to have you back, dear bloggy friend! :)

  12. I've been blog hopping again. It looks like lots of people have been doing some yummy weekend cooking...a veritable "Moveable Feast"...a collection of fine food and fine friends.

  13. That looks delicious. I love every ingredient, so I can't imagine not enjoying that one! Thanks for the recipe. I have a feeling I could even get Joe to help make this, and if he learns to make it maybe he'll make it for me sometime, too. Method to the madness...YUM! Great photo of it, too!

  14. Looks delicious! Unfortunately I am on a diet, as I'm afraid all the Guinness pints I drank are catching up with me. :-(

  15. Yum, really good! I also have many sweet teeth!

  16. The Authorblog family will transport you to the Heide Museum of Modern Art as it's here in Melbourne, but an evening at the Opera House in Sydney would be a very genteel way to pass an evening!

    It's a deal ....

  17. YUM..that looks & sounds delish! It also makes me so envious of you coming into your stone fruit season. Stone fruit are my BEST fave of all, and their perfume, as they sit in the fruit bowl, is divine!However, their season is many months away sadly.

  18. This one I will definitely try because I love anything with cooked stone fruit - plums and apricots especially.

    Thanks Willow.

  19. Sounds like cherry cobbler and probably tastes great.

  20. I ate all the ice cream in the house yesterday to get the temptation out of the frige, and now you throw this offering out there. I sure hope my wife doesn't see this and try to replicate it. I know she would probably want me to try several helpings for scientific research. That's why I'm on the re-defining program.

  21. Hi Willow. This looks dee-lish. For anyone who doesn't have almond extract on hand, I find that Amaretto liqueur is a suitable substitute.

  22. OK! I'm trying it! Looks marvellous!

  23. Ooooooohhhhh yeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh ...

  24. Now I can't decide between this and the muffins in your more recent post. What do you think cornmeal is in England? Like polenta(thats not English I know!)

  25. No cornmeal in UK? Hmmm...yes, I think polenta would work.


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