Can you believe I have never made a cherry dessert before? I love the fruit but just never thought to put it in a baked good. It wasn't until this year when I started seeing cherry desserts everywhere that I decided it was time to make my own. I admit, I did go the easy route and chose a cobbler but this one is extra special because it's a cherry blueberry biscuit cobbler. Soft, buttery cinnamon sugar biscuits sit on top of warm spiced blueberries and cherries that make this almost a fall dessert. I am happy to say, this cobbler was very well received; so much so that I may just make another cherry dessert!
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Cobblers are my number one full-proof fruit dessert when I have no idea what to make. They are so easy to make; just toss the fruit with sugar and starch and bake it with a flour topping. Anyone can make it, it's that easy. This cherry berry biscuit cobbler does require a bit more work because of the biscuits, but it's still easy enough for anyone to tackle.
Start by making the biscuit dough. Whenever I make biscuits, I get down and dirty and use my hands. You can easily overwork the dough using a food processor which would make the biscuits tough. By using your hands, you have more control and let's be honest, it's just more fun.
This biscuit dough strays just a little bit from regular biscuits with the added powdered sugar and cinnamon. Think of it almost as a shortcake and biscuit rolled into one. Once the dough comes together, chill it in the fridge while you make the filling. The dough will be easier to handle once it firms a little in the fridge.
For the filling, toss together cherries and blueberries with the warm spices (brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and granulated sugar) along with the cornstarch and salt. The cornstarch will help thicken the fruit juices to make one insanely delicious sauce. If you don't have a cherry pitter, now is the time to go buy one. Pitting 2 pounds of cherries by hand is not going to be fun.
Take out the dough and lightly roll out the dough until it is about ½ inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter to make small biscuits, about 1 ½ inches round. Shape 15 biscuits, using the scraps if necessary. Place the biscuits on top of the cherry blueberry filling and brush the tops with a generous amount of butter finished with cinnamon sugar.
About 1 hour later, the cherry blueberry biscuit cobbler is ready! The juices should be bubbling and thick while the biscuits will be golden brown and fluffy.
I'm a sucker for cobbler with vanilla ice cream and for good reason. Serve this dessert warm with a big scoop of ice cream and get ready to swoon. You know how people say they have a second stomach for desserts? That definitely applies when it comes to this dessert. What cherry dessert to make next?
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