Make Cobbler That Puts Pie To Shame

Fruit cobbler is a quintessential Southern dessert and ideal for a warm summer evening. For baking and pastry arts students, this dish is an opportunity to craft a hearty, thick crust and the perfect fruit filling. There are countless ways to customize your cobbler, so start by learning a straightforward approach and then try all the different flavor possibilities.

Cobbling together the basics

“A simple fruit cobbler is delicious and easy.”

Preparing a simple fruit cobbler is a delicious and easy way to please everyone at a gathering. The Kitchn explained that there are four essential steps to crafting this dessert. It starts with creating the filling by tossing about six cups of chopped fruit in cornstarch and sugar.

Next comes preparing a cream biscuit topping. This tender quick bread is made from flour, sugar, baking powder and heavy cream. After assembling the cobbler and baking for 45 to 55 minutes, you’ll be ready to serve a classic treat.

Life’s a peach

Peach is one of the most beloved fillings for cobblers, and Serious Eats provided a recipe for a traditional version. First, stir together cubed pieces of fruit with granulated sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, salt, nutmeg, almond extract and two tablespoons of bourbon. Transfer the peaches to a baking dish and bake in an oven set to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Make the topping by mixing flour, sugar, baking powder and salt before adding butter and stirring in whole milk. Once you have a mildly sticky dough, spoon it onto the peaches. Then, place the dish back in the oven for 15 minutes.

As the cobbler bakes, make a tasty syrup to top it off. Place a quarter cup of sugar and two tablespoons of water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and keep cooking until the syrup thickens. Brush the syrup onto the biscuit topping and then bake the cobbler another 25 minutes.

A cobbler with seasonal fruit makes an irresistible dessert.A cobbler with seasonal fruit makes an irresistible dessert.

A blackberry classic

Blackberry is another old-school favorite that’s great for anyone making a first cobbler. The directions from The Pioneer Woman call for forming a batter by whisking milk and then melted butter into sugar and self-rising flour. Pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish.

Rinse blueberries and pat them off before setting them on the batter. Add a sprinkling of sugar before placing the dish in a 350-degree oven. Bake for an hour, watching for the cobbler to become bubbly and turn golden.

Bring it all together

Why choose just one type of filling when you can combine many fruits into an ultimate summer treat? That’s the idea behind the patchwork cobbler presented by Southern Living. When you bake this dessert, you’ll see the true potential of these amazing dishes.

Mix flour, granulated sugar and salt before cutting in butter. Whisk egg yolk and milk, and then add to the dry ingredients. Make the dough into a disk, cover in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.

Make the filling by mixing peaches, red plums and blueberries with sugar and flour. Lightly grease a baking dish and spoon in the fruits, dripping some melted butter on top.

Set the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out. Cut into two-inch square pieces and set them on the fruit mixture, leaving some space for steam to come out. Brush a mixture of egg and water onto the topping before adding a little sugar.

Bake at 425 degrees for up to 55 minutes. When the fruits are bubbling and the crust is golden, move onto a wire rack and allow to cool before serving.

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