I think the best thing about doing TWD is the fact that I get to try new things. Things that I would never, ever do without prodding.
Today’s TWD is just that. Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler.
There are 2 basic things wrong with this.
1. I do not like cherries. Oh, I love cherry flavor. Cherry juice, cherry candy, cherry pie~~minus the actual cherries~~, cherry cough drops, but please don’t make me eat cherries.
2. I do not like rhubarb. Rhubarb is green. Green= good for you. I don’t do ‘good for you’ in dessert….blech….
However, I would. not. be. deterred. I’m kind of stubborn like that. (Don’t faint dad)
Thank you Amanda from Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake for getting me out of my comfort zone.
Then I found a third thing that was a huge problem. Fresh cherries.
My dad’s favorite pie is cherry pie. Whenever mom made dad a pie, she did the ‘open the can and dump’ thing. This recipe called for fresh cherries, and I uhhhhh had to uuuuuuuh pit them? How do you pit cherries?, but more importantly, how do you pit cherries without a pitter?
I put out an SOS to the TWD group. I had lots of advice,(hair pin, unbent paper clip, and even a chop stick) but it really wasn’t clicking. Then I got some pictures. It was the pictures that did the trick, ’cause this girl is a visual learner. It was a picture using a metal ice cream spoon~~like one you would have used 50 years ago at an ice cream parlor.
A turkey baster was the closest thing I could find, and it worked.
I finally got brave and popped one of those fresh cherries in my mouth. Wonder of all wonders…cherries are good. I like fresh cherries. Canned cherries leave a lot to be desired, but the fresh ones. Wow! oh! wow!
I pitted almost 3 pounds of cherries, and afterwards, my fingers were the color of my cherry stained headboard. I know this because I checked.
I wondered who was the first woman that looked at her hands after pitting 3 pounds of cherries and said to her man “hey, this would be a great color for my pie safe your making me. I’ll go pit 5 more pounds of cherries so you can make the stain.”
She obviously didn’t have enough to do, because it took me well over an hour to pit the 3 pounds I pitted. No wonder ma opened the can and dumped.
I love the fact that the topping on this particular cobbler was made with whole wheat flour. This would have to be the very first time in my life that I have made a dessert with whole wheat flour. Dessert is not the first thing that comes to mind when I hear whole wheat.
I gave this lovely cobbler to my dad for his birthday present. Love you daddy.
I made him try it before he went home so that I could tell you what he thought, because there was absolutely no way I was going to try it. Fresh cherries or not, it still had that rhubarb in it, and this girl will just happily go on through life blissfully unaware of what rhubarb tastes like, thankyouverymuch.
Some things that he noted were, that the juice was good, but needed more sugar, and that the topping was good, but needed a bit more salt.
If you happen to love cherries and rhubarb, please go check out Amanda’s blog, as she has the recipe.
I am just going to have to be content with my Dove Dark.