We love a good cherry cobbler as much as the next person and, on May 17, we celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day! For those of you who don’t know, cherry cobbler is a baked dessert made with a rich cherry filling and a biscuit dough crust. The cherry cobbler first came into existence in the 19th century when bakers had to modify recipes due to the scarcity of ingredients. You could say that the cherry cobbler is a cooler version of the traditional cherry pie!
History of National Cherry Cobbler Day
It is said that the cherry cobbler originated in the early British American colonies and came about as a lack of appropriate ingredients and cooking equipment. The English missed their traditional suet puddings and settled for baking cherry cobblers. The recipe was improvised over the years and today the biscuit dough is often made of oats (instead of flour) and topped with ice cream or whipped cream!
What started as a recipe of scarcity has now become a cult favorite dessert, although, it is a mystery how it got its name. Some suggest that the word ‘cobbler’ has evolved from ‘cobeler,’ which was a type of wooden bowl used in cooking back in the day. Meanwhile, some believe that the name may be the result of the dessert’s resemblance to a cobblestone! Whatever the reason might be, National Cherry Cobbler Day is a much-loved day among all dessert lovers.
The origin of the cobbler dates back to the early 19th century and it has its roots in both European and American cuisine. Apart from cherries, a cobbler may also be made from apples, apricots, and plums. Spices like cinnamon, pumpkin-pie spice, or nutmeg are often also used in small quantities for flavoring.
National Cherry Cobbler Day timeline
The first cherries are cultivated in Greece.
Dutch traders bring the first cherry trees to Brooklyn, New York.
The English bake the first cherry cobbler with whatever ingredients they can assemble.
Probably one the most famous songs on the subject, Harry Styles's 2019 pop song ‘Cherry’ is a runaway hit!
National Cherry Cobbler Day FAQs
When is National Cherry Cobbler Day celebrated?
National Cherry Cobbler Day is celebrated on May 17 every year.
I don’t like cherries. Can I still celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day?
Sure! Just substitute cherries in the recipe with other fruits like blueberries or strawberries.
Do I need to bake a cobbler as a part of the celebrations?
That’s not necessary at all! You can simply order some cobblers or help a friend who’s baking one.
How to celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day
Bake a cherry cobbler
The most obvious way to celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day is by baking a cherry cobbler. Get the reddest, juiciest cherries, and don’t shy away from adding your own twist to the recipe!
Order in some cherry cobbler
If you are too lazy to bake a cherry cobbler (like us), take a shortcut and order in some cherry cobbler for you and your friends. Add your favorite ice cream to the cobbler for an extra dose of deliciousness.
Send the dessert to your friends with a sweet tooth
If your friend loves desserts, send over some cherry cobbler for them. They’ll love you for this ‘sweet’ gesture!
5 Facts About Cherry Cobbler That Will Blow Your Mind
The pie crust is made of biscuits
The crust of a regular cherry cobbler is made of biscuits — bakers usually prefer unsweetened crackers for the base of cobblers.
It is an accidental recipe
The English somehow scraped together the ingredients to bake the first cherry cobbler because they missed their traditional pies and had to come up with the cobbler!
It’s always eaten with ice cream
Pies are usually eaten with whipped cream while cherry cobblers are best enjoyed with vanilla ice cream.
Cherries are nutrient-rich
Cherries are a fantastic source of important nutrients like vitamin C and antioxidants, and they are good for people of all age groups!
Cherries keep your heart healthy
Cherries are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce the risk of heart diseases!
Why we love National Cherry Cobbler Day
Because we love cherry cobbler!
Everyone loves cherry cobbler and that’s why it’s always great fun to celebrate National Cherry Cobbler Day!
It’s a day to indulge
On a diet? Take a break on National Cherry Cobbler Day with a generous helping of this delicious dessert.
A day to try out a new recipe
Never had a cherry cobbler before? This is the day to try out a brand new recipe. Get together with your family and try out this lip-smacking dessert.
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