Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quick and Easy Cherry Cobbler

It doesn't get any easier than this Cherry Cobbler recipe from Betty Crocker. OK, I guess you could use canned biscuits, but other than that . . . easy enough for a beginner!

Let me deviate from the recipe for a minute and discuss the concept of semi-homemade, using convenience foods in meal preparation.  

A comment from a disgruntled reader brought this discussion to a food website comment board making advocates of semi-homemade cooking seem lazy and uncaring about their family by fixing a meal using these shortcut tricks.  

You know, there is a time and place for everything!  

I am an advocate of both styles of cooking.  While I can make the best "from scratch" biscuits using the same recipe I've used since junior high school home ec class, there are times I want quick and easy.  That is why I always have a box of Bisquick on hand.  The Captain and I have recently added canned fruit filling, puff pastry sheets and OMG . . . jarred spaghetti sauce to our pantry for those times.  If I really think about it, we probably stock many other convenience foods . . . oh yeah, chicken stock!

There have been times that I've spent hours in the kitchen making a spaghetti sauce using tomatoes, peppers and herbs from my garden.  No convenience there!  It is all about the time you have on your hands.

In my working days, I wanted quick and easy semi-homemade meals since after a day at the office, I didn't want to spend hours in the kitchen.  A good meal and time to unwind is what I wanted.  On the weekends, I would go crazy cooking and many times making and freezing extra food for during the week. It is all about choice!

She probably thinks that using a slow cooker is also evil . . .

OK, rant over . . . the woman's comments really upset me!

So . . . having said all that . . . you can change up this recipe by using a different canned fruit like apple.  If it makes you feel better to make your scratch biscuits, knock yourself out!  It is a guide . . .

Thank you to Betty Crocker for providing these convenience foods and showing us how to use them  :)


1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1/4 cup milk 
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened


Spread pie filling in ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Place in cold oven and heat to 400ºF and let heat 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven.

While pie filling is heating . . . stir remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Drop by spoonfuls onto warm pie filling. Sprinkle with additional sugar.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is light brown.

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