Brown Butter Cherry Cobbler
Cobblers, crisps, and crumbles are a great way to enjoy your favorite fruits while keeping things simple. After baking those Cherry Cheesecake Bars recently, I still had plenty of cherries just begging to be made into something delicious. I thought to keep things simple with a dessert I could whip up quickly and with minimal mess.
This amazingly easy, rustic cobbler is made in three simple steps. Melt butter. Add batter. Add cherries. And just like that, it’s ready for the oven! There’s no need to stir it all together. It just works its magic while it bakes.
This cobbler all starts with butter. That’s true of so many things, isn’t it? Here, the butter goes into the pan and is melted to the point of browning. Browned butter adds a whole other dimension with its rich, nutty flavor. If you aren’t yet a brown butter convert, this is one of the simplest ways to join the fan club.
Most any pan with a 1-quart capacity will work for this cobbler, although a skillet or a baker like I used will brown the butter better. You can brown the butter in a skillet or pan in the oven while you prep the other ingredients, or you can brown it on the stovetop where you can keep a closer eye on it. It just needs about 5 to 7 minutes to begin foaming and to brown around the edges.
I may be in the minority here, but I often forego topping cobblers with ice cream in favor of some homemade whipped cream. I made a half batch of sweetened whipped cream, substituting almond extract for vanilla. Then, I topped each serving with a dollop of almond whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted almonds. The almonds, vanilla, and cherries all work together so perfectly for big, big flavor.
This is the kind of go-to cobbler recipe you’ll love to make over and over. You can certainly substitute another fruit for the cherries. Most any fruit or a combination would work quite well. If you like, swap out the vanilla extract for the juice of half of a medium lemon to give it a little different flavor kick. It’s so quick to make that you can easily have fun with seemingly endless variations!
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