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A skillet filled with plum cobbler
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5 from 8 votes

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Tricia


For the filling:

  • 8 cups fresh plums, pitted and sliced (about 8-10 large plums)
  • cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy (optional)
  • ½ Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated on a large box grater
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cubed and cold
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar for topping
  • vanilla ice cream to serve (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the plums, brown sugar, brandy, grated apple, 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.