Sunday, April 25, 2010

SMS Strawberry Cobbler Pie



The fantastically talented Tracey of Tracey's Culinary Adventures selected Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Pie this week for Sweet Melissa Sundays. I have to admit I wasn't excited about this selection. I've never tried rhubarb and really have never wanted too. I also couldn't get my Southern brain around a cobbler with a pie crust.

I had originally intended to use rhubarb because it is in season and part of the fun of being in a cooking group is try new things. However, the rhubarb at the farmer's market was awfully expensive so I used that as an excuse not to include it (hanging head in shame). I also didn't read the recipe until last night and it is a bit more complicated than your average cobbler. Actually a lot more complicated since it includes making a pie crust and the biscuits for the topping. While I can put together a cobbler or a crisp in little to no time, this recipe took some time to put together. But it was worth it because it is delicious!

The pie crust did give me a little trouble, but I think it is because I really needed to add an additional tablespoon of water to bring the dough together. While not pretty, it is buttery, flaky, and tasty and I am so excited to have another slab of dough in the freezer just waiting to be rolled out and filled with deliciousness another day. The cobbler filling was the easiest component consisting of simply cutting up the fruit and adding some sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. The strawberries I bought at the grocery were huge! Seriously, the size of small apples! The biscuits were simpe to put together as well and were great on their own.


Several of the other bakers indicated this was too sweet and I wish I had heeded their advice and used a half cup less sugar especially since I didn't have the tartness of the rhubarb to balance the sweetness. Others also indicated the the filling didn't set up enough and it was difficult to cut the pie. I think that cobbler filling should be a little loose and I liked the end result. To eliminate the problem of slicing, I chose to treat this 'pie' as a cobbler and scooped it into dishes. Cobbler isn't cobbler for me without a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a generous helping was the perfect addition to this delicious recipe.

Thanks for hosting this week Tracey! You can find the recipe on her blog. Check out the wealth of creativity that is the SMS blogroll, here!
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13 comments:

  1. Looks great! I love the plating of the cobbler and the ice cream and some more strawberries!

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  2. Nina said exactly what I was thinking- the plating is fantastic with the strawberry garnish.

    Also, I'm glad to know I wasn't the only wondering about the words cobbler and pie sitting next to each other. :)

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  3. Beautiful pictures. Looks delicious!!!

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  4. Your pie looks great and I really love that you treated it more like a cobbler and just scooped it up. I really wish I had thought of that!

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  5. That cobbler looks delicious - scooped or sliced and the vanilla ice cream, I agree, is mandatory! Nice job - thanks for sharing:)

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  6. Your pie looks terrific! It was a bit of a time consuming recipe, but I thought it was worth it in the end. Plus, it'd probably still be great with just the filling and the biscuits another time if we wanted to skip the pie crust! I don't think you missed much leaving the rhubarb out - I honestly couldn't really taste it.

    Thanks for baking along with me :)

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  7. Your pie turned out beautiful. I totally agree about the sugar. I will cut it back next go round. By the way, I love the design of your site! The graphics are great.

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  8. Gorgeous. Your pie/cobble looks fantastic.

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  9. What a perfect cobbler pie! Great plating with the cute strawberry slices to the side too. I am with you about the recipe being a long one. My extra crust is in the refrigerator so I am baking a peach pie today. Great job and Happy Baking!

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  10. I've only been to the farmer's market that very first weekend when things were somewhat sparse. Hopefully it picks up here in the next few weeks and they lower the prices. Cobblers and pies definitely scream for vanilla ice cream. This looks like something I would totally indulge in, convincing myself that it was a healthy choice for breakfast because of the fruit;D

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