Tuesday, July 22, 2008

TWD: Cherry Rhubarb Cobbler


This definitely snuck under the wire - there were a total of four stalks of sad little rhubarb at my grocery store, since it was truly in season 6-10 weeks ago. Luckily though, I snagged one stalk for my individual serving of cobbler! And in case you guys wondered if I was neurotic or not, here's what I did to downscale my cobbler. I took the rhubarb, trimmed, peeled, and chopped it, and then weighed it. Since it was 2.375 oz, I then opened up my trusty excel to figure out how much of each other ingredient I'd need to make to keep the ratios all the same. The result? Voila:


Yeah, and you thought you were neurotic, huh? Bwahaha, I win!


In the end, it turned out fabulously. When Dorie says to wait just until it won't burn your mouth, I wholeheartedly agree. The use of whole wheat flour gave it a lot more character than many cobblers I've had, and the combo of cherries and rhubarb was fabulous. Thanks go out to Amanda of Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake for choosing this summery fruity dessert - check out the recipe on her blog!


Last Week: Chocolate Pudding
Next Week: Summer Fruit Galette

59 comments:

Jacque said...

Aaah, it's adorable! just right for one, with no accidental binging possible, lol.

Marye said...

Looks wonderful!
Marye
bakingdelights.com/

Di said...

I love the table! I'm not quite that bad, but I do sit down and write out the list of ingredients in my notebook when I decide to reduce or otherwise change a recipe. Otherwise, I'll mess up somewhere along the way and use the full amount of an ingredient I meant to cut in half (or 1/4 or whatever...). Yummy looking cobbler!

Karen said...

looks good. i really need an excel spreadsheet like that for all of my scaling needs.

Jess said...

Looks great...I'll be dividing mine in half later, but I'm in awe of your scaling capabilities.

Steph said...

That looks so cute. The biscuits look great! I was going to make a mini one too, but I don't have ramekins or anything smaller to bake mine in.

Sarah said...

impressive! your mini cobbler turned out great!

rainbowbrown said...

Whoa! Do I have excel? I usually do that sort of thing in pencil right in the book. If I could do it like that, though...I could print it out and use it as a bookmark. Oh jeez, the possibilties. And an individual sized cobbler is a great idea.

Prudy said...

Genius, pure genius. Love the scaled down version plus the table. Perfection.

Mary Ann said...

Looks delicious and I love your little chart! I got out the scale and weighed my rhubarb too!

Teanna said...

First of all, your cobbler looks so good! Secondly, however, an excel spreadsheet?! I need you in my kitchen at all times! I am always downsizing things!!! Brilliant!

Flourchild said...

I love you mini cobbler..so cute. Thank you for the scale too...its impressive!!
Have a great day!

LyB said...

Such a cute little cobbler you have there! I actually wish I had scaled it down, I had way too much leftover.

nancysrecipes said...

I had thought of dividing the recipe in half but in the end I made the whole thing. Yours looks GREAT!

erin lou said...

Since I am a procrastinator this week- I think I am going to have to try your scaled down version- it looks perfect!

Kayte said...

What else would we ever come to expect from the "Engineer Baker" than the oh-so-excellently-created table for downsizing the recipe...you are too great! Love it, love it.

Cobbler loved it too, as it looks fabulous...and, oh, I just love little bites and sizes of things. (You have probably figured that out by now, right with my little mini-portions going on all the time.)

Thanks for sharing! ~Kayte
www.grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com

Rigby said...

I like to make my recipes in individual or smaller portions, but I never thought about using Excel! What a great idea! Your cobbler looks wonderful :)

Madam Chow said...

Ach! Spreadsheets! But the cobbler looks delightful, and I agree that the whole wheat gave it a great flavor.
Madam Chow
http://www.mzkitchen.com

kim said...

hehe :) spreadsheets are so useful! great job, the individual cobbler looks yummy!

Jules Someone said...

Ok, seriously? You are such a nerd. And I'd probably do something similar....

Looks delicious!

Lauren said...

Looks pretty good. So, do you do grams?

Natashya said...

Wow, you are thorough!
You really are an engineer baker.
Looks adorable!

Passionate Baker said...

WOWWW..your cobbler turned out great!
Good job!!
<3

Susie Homemaker said...

brainiac!! you are going to exhaust yourself making excel charts and only one serving!!

moowiesqrd said...

Nice table! I've been known to snap at my kitchen measuring tools for not being graduated like the ones at work, so I can measure smaller portions. Great lookin' cobbler!

Pamela said...

What a dedicated baker you are! I'm very impressed. The mini cobbler looks so cute and I agree about the whole wheat flour in the topping. Yum.

Carol Peterman said...

I made multiple individual portions and ended up eating them all. Making on one individual portion, hum, interesting concept.

Dolores said...

I love it! One question though: how does one measure 0.59 tablespoons of brown sugar?

Shandy said...

I just learned how to use excel in doing ratios. I love how you used it for downsizing a recipe. . .Brilliant! Your individual cobbler is adorable. YUM!

April said...

You're so smart, I made three mini cobblers and just eyeballed it, math scares me. Yours look delicious, I really enjoyed the ww flour too.

Heather B said...

wow! I made an individual serving too but I tried to downscale in my head! I'm pretty sure I was way off!

Your cobbler looks delicious! Great job!

CB said...

And the award for most neurotic TWD baker is... CAITLIN! haha. Cobbler for 1 looks awesome. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Jessica Eiden said...

Spreadsheets....I thought I was the only one!

*tear

Judy said...

Looks delicious as always. I do the same scaling technique: (technical here) I find the multiplier, then go through each ingredient and calculate the revised amount. Works either to increase or decrease.

Judy said...

You're such an engineer - and I should know: My husband has a degree in engineering, so does my son-in-law and my almost 23 year daughter is an aerospace engineer!! My engineer daughter also loves to bake! She graduated in '07 from Va Tech.

ITP Foodie/Joh103 said...

Your cobbler looks great! I agree about the whole wheat flour :-)

Jenny said...

Haha that so sounds like something my engineer husband would do! I love it! (the breakdown, not the cobbler, that you know I didn't like.)

Mike Spoodles said...

Neurotic? You weren't kidding! I thought I was bad with the calories and whatnot! :-p Still, any way to make it work, right? Glad to hear it turned out well.

Jaime said...

LOL at your neurotic tendencies ;)

looks great, esp the cobbly top

Barbara said...

Hey, you're not neurotic, you're just very scientific! Love it! I'd do the same thing if I had Excel -- as it is, I call up the little calculator on my laptop and work out the ratios. But then my dad was an engineer and I have a degree in physics...

Love your individual-sized cobbler, by the way!

Mara said...

looks awesome, i love it...those big biscuits..yum!

Molly Loves Paris said...

I love your mathematical approach. My daughters and I have talked of writing a math book on cooking, or homemaking. We'll get around to it when my youngest has finished her dissertation for her PhD in mathematics - which she is already working on. I also want to write a book on the art of making small desserts.

Nickki said...

Wow! It looks yummy. That table is very handy to keep! :)

BAKE-EN said...

So cute. I've been known to put recipes in excel as well! I can't wait to try this cobbler.

Shirlie said...

Beautiful, perfectly sized cobbler! Thanks for the idea on using Excel for calculating ratios!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Well, you don't call yourself Engineer Baker for nothing, huh?! ;-)
As a fervent Excel user, your little scaling table made my heart go pitter-patter...hahaha!

Alwayzbakin said...

Your cobbler looks great!

HoneyB said...

Your cobbler looks delicious!

I work in Civil & Environmental Engineering at a university! Umm, but I'm not an engineer...I'm the secretary that takes care of all the professors and students!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks great! and i love your excel calcs...that appeals to the former math major in me. :)

Kait said...

I agree, the whole wheat flour really made a difference.

Love those eng skills!

Tammy said...

great idea! mini cobblers look so cute!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I went with one stalk as well but I wouldn't even know how to start the excel spreadsheet. Too funny.

The Food Librarian said...

Awesome! Excel is my best friend too! Looks wonderfully yummy.

Maya said...

Excel spreadsheet?! Wow ! :)

ostwestwind said...

Without any doubt, you are a scientist in the kitchen like me. I also use an excel spreadsheet in my kitchen for every occasion :-) And if I don't have the right flour I use this :-)

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Shari said...

Love your scaling table! You are truly an engineer. Looks delicious!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

aaliyah said...

I like your scaled down version lol. I like your scaled down version and like me, everything has to work out just right or I have to chuck it and start all over again.

I look forward to your post next week...ps: i think i am like that because of my pharmacy work in compounding lol.

noskos said...

Great job! Nicely scaled down :-)

Liliana said...

Your cobbler looks delicious. Great job on the measurement table.