Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cherry Cobbler Bars #FantasticalFoodFight

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Cherry Cobbler Bars // To celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day on May 17th, I am sharing this lovely dessert bar recipe! #FantasticalFoodFight #cherrycobbler #dessert #cherry #bars

Welcome back to another round of Fantastical Food Fight. Today's theme is CHERRY COBBLER because today is National Cherry Cobbler Day! Unlike last month where the BLT had to be a sandwich, today's recipes don't have to be a traditional cobbler. In fact, the Food Fighters could do muffins, oatmeal, pizza, etc.; it just had to be reminiscent of cherry cobbler. I chose to make Cherry Cobbler Bars and it was actually our dessert for Mother's Day that also fell on my husband's birthday.

On Sunday, I was kind of running around my kitchen like a chicken with its head cut off. I made maple bars for Nick's birthday breakfast because I've been promising them for forever and kept not making them. Then I got dinner into the crockpot. Then I started on this dessert. In the midst of it all, I forgot that I had purchased cherry pie filling instead of making my own like the original recipe called for. So I started making the pie filling! LOL. I got down to the last part of it: add 2 cups pitted sour cherries. Whoops. I purposefully didn't make it because I really didn't want to bother with cherries. Can you buy them pre-pitted? Is that a thing? I'm not sure, but I will say that it was super easy to make the filling up until I got to the part where I didn't have cherries to put into it. I'm definitely going to have to use it to make different fruit fillings!

Cherry Cobbler Bars // To celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day on May 17th, I am sharing this lovely dessert bar recipe! #FantasticalFoodFight #cherrycobbler #dessert #cherry #bars

These bars were very easy to make (even with my filling mishap) and they were wonderful. The dough part is more biscuity than I expected, but not a dry, hard biscuit. I made my glaze with almond extract because I wanted it to stay white and my vanilla extract is brown. I personally think the almond glaze worked really well with the cherries and cobbler portions of the bars. Overall, this was the perfect sweet but not too sweet dessert for our Mother's Day meal!

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What you need:
For the bars:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling 
For the glaze:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp. milk
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
Directions:
  1. For the bars: in a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl (or stand mixer), cream together butter and sugar for about 2 to 3 minute until smooth and creamy.
  3. Beat eggs in, one at a time, and then add vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredient mixture gradually.
  5. In a greased 8x8-inch baking dish, spread 3/4 dough on the bottom. I find the easiest way to do this is to take half of the dough and then half of what remains.
  6. Spread the cherry pie filling over the top of the dough in the pan.
  7. Then by the spoonful, drop the remaining dough on top of the cherries spaced out a little.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes.
  9. For the glaze: While bars are cooling, stir together glaze ingredients starting with 1 tsp. milk and adding the other if the glaze is too thick. 
  10. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bars while they are still warm.
Recipe from Chocolate Moosey

Cherry Cobbler Bars // To celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day on May 17th, I am sharing this lovely dessert bar recipe! #FantasticalFoodFight #cherrycobbler #dessert #cherry #barsCherry Cobbler Bars // To celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day on May 17th, I am sharing this lovely dessert bar recipe! #FantasticalFoodFight #cherrycobbler #dessert #cherry #bars


Last month's BLT queen was Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook with her Egg Salad BLT Sandwich. I cannot think of a better combination of two classic sandwiches than this one right here!


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