Cobbler is an American dessert quite similar to pie but much easier to make. It is said to have been brought to America by the early British settlers; who came up with different variations of their own traditional puddings; due to the lack of availability of ingredients. This innovation gave us many delectable desserts which would have otherwise never been invented.
Cobbler makes a wholesome dessert, especially when there are seasonal fruits available. This scrumptious dessert can be quite a mouthful. The funny sounding name of this dessert is owed to its “cobbler” like shape. It is a thick-crust pie with a fruit filling especially good with just ripe fruits like berries, apples, peaches etc.
The crust is usually made up of biscuit or can have a pastry topping.
The below recipe uses freshly picked fruits and gives 6-8 eight servings.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy
You will need:
4 cups of freshly picked fruits (you can either use one variety or mix two or three fruits to add more flavor),
2 cups powdered sugar,
½ cup water,
A rind of citrus or lemon zest,
½-1 inch fresh ginger,
A pinch of ground nutmeg and cinnamon.
8 tbsp butter,
1 cup rising flour
1 cup milk.
- Wash, peel and slice the fruits, grate the ginger and citrus rind. Keep aside a few slices of fruits and a pinch of spices to be used later.
- For the filling, mix all the ingredients together in a glass bowl. Add the spices and half the sugar and boil with the water and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Remove and keep aside.
- For the topping, mix the flour, milk and remaining sugar, without letting lumps to form. Melt the butter on a baking dish and pour the mixture on top of it. Now pour the fruit syrup and the chunks of fruits and top with the remaining spice.
- Put the dish into the pre-heated oven (should pre-heat to about 400° F) and bake for about 40 minutes till the flour has risen. Take a toothpick and check if it is coming out clean when pricked. If it does, your dessert is ready. Scoop into serving bowls or plates and enjoy.
Tips: The fruit chunks will add extra flavor to the dish but you can forgo and use only syrup if you want an even texture.
You can use baking powder and mix with normal flour, if you don’t have self- rising flour readily available.
Cream of any fruity flavors or freshly whipped cream will give an amazing taste when added as a topping to the dish.
For a pastry like topping just pour all the fruits on a batter made of flour, milk, sugar and water.
To give more crunchiness to the dish, sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top of the topping.