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Cherry dessert that's "junk"

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Today's the day we call "President's Day", where we honor both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, two early US presidents. Traditionally, George Washington's birthday is February 22nd and Lincoln's is on February 12, but it was decided by US Congress to set one day aside in February to honor both presidents. We all know the story about Washington's honesty when admitting to his father that he did chop down a cherry tree when his father questioned him. Some sources state this this story isn't really true, but we all still tend to associate cherries with George Washington. As a youngster, it was a tradition in our elementary school that if Washington's birthday fell on a school day, we would have cherry cobbler in our school's cafeteria for dessert.

In honor of our first president, the recipe I'm passing along is one that's a lot like a cobbler, but it's perfectly fine to call it "junk"! Its title is not the most appetizing in the world, but I can assure you that it's good and easy! Therefore, I'll tell you how to make "Cherry Junk".

This is a incredibly easy dessert to make and if you have a youngster at home today, this is a dessert they can make for tonight's dinner. You place cherry pie filling, water, sugar and some cinnamon in a baking dish and it's mixed together. Then, using a small can of butter flake biscuits, they are cut into pieces and placed in the mixture. The remaining biscuits go on top. This is baked until it's browned and there it is! Serve this warm along with some whipped topping or ice cream and it's a tasty dessert!

If you wanted to experiment with other flavors of fruit-based pie fillings, you certainly could. I'm sure this would be equally good with apple, strawberry or blueberry pie fillings. When baking this dessert, make sure that the biscuits that are directly on the top are cooked through, so check this at the end of the baking time. If the biscuits appear underdone, continue baking until they are firm and brown.

Last year, I shared a "Cherry Nut Party Cake" recipe, which is pretty and good eating, too. If you don't already have this recipe and would like to have it, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-special-cake-for-washington-s-birthday

Let's pay tribute to our first president with this easy cherry dessert....and you have my permission to call it "junk"!

CHERRY JUNK

  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 can water (use the pie filling can)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • a dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1 small can butter flake biscuits
  • ice cream or whipped cream for serving

Spray a shallow 8-inch baking dish with cookware spray. Place the cherry pie filling, water, sugar and cinnamon the dish and mix well. Flatten each biscuit and cut them into four pieces. Place half of them into the cherry mixture and top with the remaining biscuit pieces. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until top is brown, making sure to allow enough time for the biscuits in the cherry mixture to cook. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping. Yield: 6 servings.

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