I absolutely adore tart Michigan cherries. Last year, I pitted and froze a huge batch of them, so I decided to clean out the last bag with a Hot Logic experiment. Cherry pie and cherry cobbler are delicious, but who has the time to fuss? For the Hot Logic, I decided to keep it simple. Just cherries, some seasoning, sugar and a dusting of graham cracker crumbs.
Now, with normal cherry pie and cherry cobbler, I always use tapioca pearls to absorb the extra juice from the cherries. Using enough tapioca and flour to suck up the juice is important to getting your cobbler or pie to stand up, and not be soupy.
Since Hot Logic’s shelves don’t need to cook as high as a regular oven, I decided a more healthful, lower heat solution to tapioca: chia seeds.
These little seeds are packed with protein and good fatty acids, and they act like tapioca without any heat at all. When in liquid, they suck it up and turn into little balls very much like tapioca, but with a crunchy little center. They’re delicious, filling and relatively tasteless, so they’re great for desserts.
Anyway, here’s the recipe:
4 cups tart red cherries, frozen
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 tblsp corn starch
3 tblsp chia seeds
1 tblsp lemon juice
1 package graham crackers, finely crushed
Toss the chia seeds, corn starch and sugar together, then toss them in with the cherries in the flat-bottomed container. Sprinkle the lemon juice and graham cracker crumbs over, and then FORGET ABOUT IT.
It turned out delicious. And, considering a little sugar and graham crackers were the only bad ingredients in it, super healthy, too!
Tags: cherry cobbler, gadgets, Hot Logic Original Recipe, pie recipes