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Category: Desserts

Cherry-almond cobbler

Cherry-almond cobbler
Los Angeles Times

THIS year's cherry harvest was nasty, brutish and short -- born in gloom, beset by trials and only now at the end seeing some glimmer of sunshine. But fear not: There is a second season just around the corner. This ... Read more

Total time: 50 minutes | Serves 4
Note: Rather than having the familiar crisp biscuit topping, this cobbler is cake-like, almost like a clafouti. Serve it with vanilla ice cream or a bit of lightly sweetened whipping cream or creme fraiche.
  • 1 pound cherries, stemmed and pitted
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 1/4 cups ground almond meal (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Step 1Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the cherries in a small (4-cup), well-buttered gratin dish. Sprinkle them with 1 tablespoon of sugar and the orange zest and stir to combine. Roast the cherries until they soften slightly and become fragrant, about 10 minutes.

Step 2In the meantime, grind together the almond meal and butter, one-third cup sugar, 3 egg yolks, orange liqueur and salt in a food processor.

Step 3Beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks, add 1 teaspoon sugar and beat until they hold stiff peaks.

Step 4Add one-third of the egg whites to the food processor bowl and pulse to incorporate into the almond meal. Spoon the mixture into one side of the bowl with the egg whites, spread the egg whites over the top and fold the egg whites into the mixture until the topping is light and somewhat flowing. There may be small patches of unincorporated egg white; this is better than overfolding the batter and deflating it.

Step 5Spoon the egg white mixture over the top of the roasted cherries and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Place the gratin dish on a cookie sheet to catch any spills and return to the oven to bake until the top is puffed and well-browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Each serving:
453 calories; 12 grams protein; 48 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams fiber; 25 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 174 mg. cholesterol; 199 mg. sodium.
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