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Wolfgang Puck's Cherry Cobbler with Shortcake Topping

A Pie with the Flavors of Summer

GMA Recipes Dessert
Cook Time: min

Summer fruit is delicious, and Chef Wolfgang Puck has found a way to make it even more scrumptious.

He appeared on "Good Morning America" with delectable dessert recipes for your summer fruit. Try this sweet cherry cobbler!


  • Topping
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small chunks
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Filling and Garnish
  • 2 pounds fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey, mild flavored such as clover or orange blossom
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Kirsch
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces, plus butter for the pan
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Good-quality vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)
  • Cooking Directions

    Shortcake Topping

    Start first with topping before moving on to fruit filling.

    Put the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade; turn the machine on and off a few times to combine.

    Add the chilled butter and pulse the machine several times until the butter is chopped up into small pieces the size of gravel.

    With the motor running, pour the cream through the feed tube; stop processing the moment the dough barely begins to form a ball.

    Gather the dough together and transfer to a lightly floured work surface.

    With a lightly floured rolling pin, gently press or roll out the dough to an 8-inch by 8-inch square.

    With a large, sharp knife or pastry trimmer, neatly trim the edges of the square; then, cut it into 9 equal squares.

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, transfer the squares to the baking sheet.

    Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until needed.

    Fruit Filling

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. while you make the filling.

    In a medium bowl, stir together the cherries, honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

    Dissolve the cornstarch in the lemon juice and Kirsch, and stir into the cherry mixture. Mix thoroughly.

    Grease an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan or a 2-quart baking dish with the soft butter.

    Spoon the fruit mixture into the buttered pan.

    Dot its surface with the chilled butter.

    Arrange the chilled shortcake squares neatly on top of the filling in the pan.

    Brush the shortcake with the heavy cream and sprinkle with the granulated sugar.

    Bake in the preheated oven until the shortcake is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and let it to settle at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

    To serve, use a large spoon to transfer each square of shortcake and the filling beneath it to individual dessert plates. Spoon some powdered sugar into a fine meshed sieve held over the cobbler and tap the side of the sieve to dust each portion.

    Add a scoop of ice cream for each guest who would like one, and serve.

    Recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck, "Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy," Rutledge Hill Press, 2004.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: butter, cherries, cake flour, cream, honey

    Course: Dessert

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