Last year we discovered that a nearby orchard has a row of cherry trees that they don't advertise and we were able to pick enough that we could occasionally make a cherry pie and dream of summer so . They were also outrageously expensive so this year I put two trees in the back yard. There was one cherry on the tree and the birds ate it.
Still, I thought we'd still be able to pick them them but alas, we were notified that there was no crop due to a late spring frost. So disappointing but today we were partially saved when my neighbors said to come over and pick the cherries on the trees they planted three years ago. The trees were small, but loaded. They picked. We picked. Now I have enough in the freezer for two precious pies.
But for dessert tonight, after a meal of pesto made from the basil and garlic from our garden, I thought I'd try something slightly different, something that was quicker than pie. Something that didn't need to be rolled. Cobbler! This is directly from Epicurious and I didn't change anything....and it was delicious.
Sour Cherry Cobbler
4 cups sour cherries, picked over, rinsed, and drained well
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits