An Introduction to the American Cobbler
Are you looking for a delicious and comforting dessert to impress your family and friends? Try making a classic American Cobbler! This sweet treat has been a staple in American cuisine for centuries, and is perfect for creating the ideal summertime treat. Read on to find out all you need to know and get a simple, yet delicious, cobbler recipe.
What Is a Cobbler?
Cobblers are a classic American dessert with a long and rich history. The dish is typically created by topping a thick fruit filling with a crispy pastry made from a biscuit- or pastry-style dough. The finished dish is often bubbling and warm and often just as tasty with a scoop of ice cream as without.
Though there are many variations, cobbler dates back to around the 18th century in America, when rural settlers made the most of their environment to create a nutritious and delicious treat to enjoy. It’s not clear where the name ‘cobbler’ originally came from, but the idea is thought to have been inspired by cobblestones in which water was heated over the fire to make a dessert similar to what we know today.
What Can You Put In a Cobbler?
When it comes to making cobblers, the type of fruit you put in it is up to you. You can even mix several different types of fruit to create a delicious mélange of flavours. Popular fruit choices include apples, peaches, berries, cherries, and plums. If you don’t have any of these fruits on hand, you can also use other ingredients, like crushed pineapple or canned pie filling.
It is also possible to make a savoury cobbler with a combination of vegetables and herbs. The pastry topping remains the same, but savoury ingredients, like fresh tomatoes and zucchini, work wonderfully, as do fried trout, minced beef, and other leftovers.
How to Make an American Cobbler
– 4 cups of fresh fruit of your choice
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– One 12-ounce can of lemon-lime soda
– 2/3 cup granulated sugar
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small chunks
– 3/4 cup heavy cream
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter.
2. Place the fruit in the baking dish and sprinkle with the cinnamon and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Pour the soda over the fruit, then stir to combine.
3. In a wide bowl, mix together the remaining sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry cutter until the butter is the size of small peas.
4. Add the heavy cream and stir just until combined. Do not over-mix.
5. With your hands, stuff the buttery dough over the fruit mixture. Do not press down. It’s okay to have some fruit peeking through.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling.
7. Let the cobbler cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve in bowls, topped with a scoop of ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!
Enjoy Your Delicious American Cobbler!
Nothing says summer like a delicious cobbler. As you can see, making an American cobbler is easy and relatively inexpensive – you can use whatever fruit is in season and whatever you already have on hand for the topping. With its crispy pastry and bubbling fruit filling, this classic dessert is sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy!