Easy Plum Cobbler – sliced fresh plums topped with a sweet crumbled dough, cobbled together for a quick and easy dessert featuring these delicious, juicy fruits.
Cobbler is a bit of a catch-all word that has many meanings. It may refer to a person that mends shoes (if you can find one anymore), or a tall, iced drink which normally includes wine, sugar, whiskey and rum. Or Cobbler can also refer to a mountain in Scotland near the head of Loch Long. But today we’re talking about the deep-dish fruit cobbler with the thick top crust. However, cobblers can also be of the savory variety like our favorite Winter Vegetable Cobbler, or this incredible Tomato Cobbler, which is one of the best skillet meals I’ve ever made or eaten!
My mother often covered her cobblers with a layer of pie crust that ‘floated’ in the bubbling fruit juices. This method is similar to the Pandowdy, which is made small pieces of dough pressed down into the juices of the fruit. I’ve also made many cobblers with a ‘drop-biscuit’ topping like this luscious Black Raspberry Cobbler. So as you can see, there may not be a wrong way to make a cobbler. As long as you have a floating crust over a sweet or savory filling, I think you’ve got it made!
Cobblers are incredibly delicious served warm from the oven. No waiting on the pie to set up and cool. Scoop out a nice big serving of cobbler and top it with a scoop of ice cream. If you’re not married, and want to be, this may be the ticket to get you down the aisle. Just saying, it may not hurt to try 🙂
And I would be remiss if I didn’t take a minute to talk about the amazing plum! European plums are used to make prunes, but in the US, you may notice they are often referred to as dried plums. Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, plums can also help with iron absorption into the body. Prunes have been known to help normalize blood sugar levels and are loaded with soluble fiber. Enjoy plums like you would an apple, peach or pear. They are juicy, sweet and have a lovely deep flavor, and make a pretty great cobbler too!
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Sliced fresh plums topped with a sweet crumbled dough, cobbled together for a quick and easy dessert featuring these delicious, juicy fruits.
- 8 cups fresh plums, pitted and sliced (about 8-10 large plums)
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons apple brandy (optional)
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated on a large box grater
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and cold
- 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon coarse sugar for topping
- vanilla ice cream, to serve (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the plums, brown sugar, brandy, cornstarch and cinnamon. Spoon the mixture into a 9" or 10" cast iron skillet.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar. Add the butter and using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the cream and stir with a fork just until moistened. Gently press the mixture together using a spatula, forming a loose dough. Crumble the dough on top of the plum mixture. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of coarse sugar.
Bake until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, about 45 minutes. Serve warm topped with ice cream if desired.
We used Calvados Apple Brandy for this recipe.
Here are a few of the tools used when making this cobbler (each photo is clickable):
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Looking for a few more delicious recipes featuring plums? Try this super simple Plum Crisp from The View from Great Island. Don’t forget about using plums in a savory dish like this 15-Minute Tangy-Sweet Plum Spiced Chicken from Noble Pig. I’m also loving this Plum Skillet Cake Recipe from She Wears Many Hats. And finally, how about making some homemade Plum Jam from Serious Eats?
Plums seem to be a forgotten fruit, bringing up the end of the line after the peaches, nectarines and apricots. Let’s help the plum rank higher on the list – eat more plums!
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