Cherries are my favorite fruit and I love Cherry Pies but I love Cherry Cobblers more! One of my favorite things to do is invent while I am cooking and that is how this Fresh Cherry Dump Cobbler came to be and also got its name! I started putting this and that from my pantry and fridge into the pot. Hmmm, brown sugar? Why not! Apple Juice? Sure! Lemon Juice? Sounds good! Brandy? Absolutely! I cooked and tasted and added and came up with something pretty spectacular if I do say so myself! So what's next? Share my success with all my friends at JAP of course!
2Put pitted cherries in 3 quart sauce pan and add first 6 ingredients.
3Bring to a boil. Lower heat and boil gently until cherries are tender, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4Add brandy and butter and cook for a couple minutes.
5Add Vanilla and stir to blend.
6Add just enough cold water to Cornstarch to liquify and then add to cherry mixture. Stir until sauce thickens. Add more cornstarch if needed.
7While cherries are cooking, line one pie crust in a 3 quart casserole dish like you would if making a pie. Do not prick bottom with fork.
8With ladle, spoon 1/2 of the cherry filling onto the crust.
9With the second pie crust, lay on flat surface and cut strips. Then in a criss cross design, place the strips on the cherry filling. Be sure to leave enough strips of dough for top layer.
10Add the rest of the cherry filling on top of the criss cross dough.
11With the remainder of the pie crust, repeat the criss cross design on top of the second layer of filling, sealing edges to the first layer of dough. Sprinkle with sugar and dot with 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter. Bake at 350 for 50 to 55 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Place on rack to cool. Serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream.
When Cherry season was here I bought an abundance of cherries to make just the filling of this Fresh Cherry Dump Cobbler. I decided that this cobbler was so extremely good that I wanted to be able to make it in the months when fresh cherries were not available. So I made four batches of the filling and put it in four jars that were large enough to hold the filling for one cobbler each. I placed the jars in the freezer and then on New Years Day 2013, I made my first, out of season, Fresh Cherry Dump Cobbler by following the above instructions after thawing out the Cherry filling. I can report that the cobbler was sensational and tasted just like it was made with just picked fresh cherries. I highly recommend this procedure if you would also enjoy serving this delicious dessert to your family and friends any time of the year!