Black Forest Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 7 cups (2 pounds) pitted red cherries*
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cream or ice cream, if desired

* Frozen cherries, partially thawed, can be used for the fresh cherries.

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix the 1/2 cup sugar and the cornstarch in 2-quart saucepan.
  3. Stir in cherries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  4. Stir in almond extract. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole; keep hot in oven.
  5. Mix flour, cocoa, the 1 tablespoon sugar, the baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  6. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knifes, until mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  7. Stir in milk.
  8. Drop dough by 6 spoonsful onto hot fruit mixture.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is set.
  10. Serve warm with cream.

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