Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cigar Box Recipes: Fresh Cherry Cobbler

This latest installation of Momer's Cigar Box comes to us from Abbie, my great aunt and Momer's sister. Aunt Abbie lived to be 101 years old. She lived in a retirement home and she told my dad that every time someone would walk by her room, she could hear them whisper, "That lady in there is 100 years old!"

Aunt Abbie and Beowulf

When I think of old-timey recipes, I always think of everything being wholesome and made from scratch but it cracks me up how many of my grandma's recipes use things like Crisco and Bisquick. I don't use that stuff so I found a recipe for a pancake mix from scratch.

Abbie's Fruit Cobbler
1 can sour cherries or other fruit (I used 1 lb. pitted fresh cherries)
1 cup sugar or sugar to taste
1/4 c. flour
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Pour into baking dish. Put topping on top with spoon.

1 1/2 c. pancake mix
1/4 cup Crisco
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup milk
Mix together.

And here's where the recipe I looked up a cobbler recipe online and it says to bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Turns out 350 for 30 minutes is perfect.

Janet's Notes: I had to laugh when I took my first bite and the topping tasted like pancakes. Is that how Bisquick tastes? Next time I'll use a biscuit dough. Adjustments to the recipe--I added 1/4 cup of water and cut the sugar to 1/2 cup because I used fresh cherries and substituted 2 Tbsp. cornstarch for flour because isn't using flour a little weird?

p.s. I'm not the gadget type, but have you ever used a cherry pitter? They are awesome!


  1. That looks so delicious and I love the photo with the dog!

  2. This looks soo yummy! I'm heading to the kitchen to gain some weight ...

  3. Look absolutely delicious!!

  4. I'll definitely have to try this. I remember meeting your Momer once; what a great lady.

    And cherry pitters? You bet. I remember my folks having one when I was a kid, as we used to travel over from Idaho into Washington state every summer to pick truckloads(!) by hand to can them for winter food storage. Biggest problem was, like all pitters back then, you could only pit them one at a time. Talk about boring, especially when you've got a hundred pounds or more of fruit to deal with.

    Not so anymore. Our then-two-year-old went through cherries like a hurricane last year, so I was happy to see this in a local Bed Bath & Beyond:

    Four cherries pitted in one easy motion. LOVE this thing.

  5. Four in one blow? I'm there!

  6. What a great photo and story. Wow! To live to be 100! I'll bet she saw so much in her life and so many changes.

    Great recipe too!

  7. Oh...I just bought a huge amount of cherries from Costco....I may need to make this! I'd love if you shared this on my weekend craft hop: