Our Cilantro menu will include a cilantro flavored ‘dessert’ recipe. It may be the most surprising use of cilantro. A sweet treat with just a taste of “earthiness”. (I used frozen peaches, for now, but come summer the locally fresh, ripe ones will be put to good use).
Cilantro in a dessert recipe may sound a little weird but the flavor is actually very subtle. It’s based on a traditional, sticky-sweet Southern cobbler.
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 ½ tablespoons minced cilantro leaves
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
4 cups (about 1 ½ pounds) peeled, sliced ripe peaches
Garnish: Heavy cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; put the butter in a 9-inch square baking pan and let butter melt in the oven.
Whisk together cilantro leaves, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Whisk in milk until smooth. Pour over melted butter; do not stir. Distribute peaches over batter.
Bake for 1 hour, until top is golden and set. Serve warm or at room temperature, plain or with cream or ice cream.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Adapted from ‘Desserts from an Herb Garden’