When I was planning the menu for this Southern Classics Beer Pairing, hubs had one “must”: “You HAVE to make a cobbler for dessert… it doesn’t get more Southern that THAT!”
His family is from the South so I took his word for it and made these individual cobblers (everything is cuter in mini versions!):
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s really just a technique… you can use whatever fruit you like! Don’t like cherries? Swap them out for peaches, or blackberries, or blueberries (or a mix of berries!)! Like it sweeter? Add more sugar. More tart? Cut out some sugar. This is YOUR dessert… make it how you like it!
Another plus: All you need to buy is fruit… chances are you’ll have the rest of the ingredients in your pantry. Making this an excellent throw-together dessert.
Now, it’s hubs’ turn to tell you about the beer (or Hard Cider in this case). Note: I picked this beer and it was probably the least favorite for the boys… BUT it was the favorite for the girls! hah Go Figure. Men are Mars Women are from Venus, right? The guys took 2 sips and were good (on to the next!). The girls? Well we all LOVED it.
You win some, and you lose some!
In case you missed the first three courses from our Beer Pairing:
The Beer Selection: McKenzie’s Hand-Pressed Black Cherry Hard Cider
Tina hates a hoppy beer, so for dessert # 1, she really wanted a hard cider. Hard Ciders are different than other beers in that fruit juice is used as the fermentable instead of grain and typically no hops are added to the recipe. No hops = happy wife. This Black Cherry Hard Cider is very sweet, loaded with tangy black cherry flavor, and full of bright fizzy carbonation. With 6.0 ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and 0 IBU (Internationall Bittering Units) this cider is more like a sparkling dessert wine. Most guys will pass on it, but the girls all seemed to want another pour. On a side note: Ciders are gluten free!
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Individual Cherry Cobblers
Yield: 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 35-45 minutes
For the Cherry Filling:
3 cups pitted & halved cherries
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 teaspoons water
For the Cobbler Topping:
3/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
pinch of salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Cherry Filling:
Mix together cherries, sugar, and cornstarch slurry. Spray 4-5 ramekins (depending on size) with non-stick cooking spray and evenly distribute cherry mixture among them. Place filled ramekins on a baking sheet (just in case there is any over-flow during baking).
For the Cobblers:
Preheat oven to 375°F. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Add the melted butter a little at a time incorporating it into a crumble (it's easiest to use your fingers for this). Top each of the cobblers with equal amounts of the crumble mixture.
Place tray of ramekins in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes (oven temps may vary, so when the filling is bubbly and the tops are golden, they are good to go!). Serve warm as is or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
Adapted from: Veggie Belly