Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011
Batter cobblers are a lazy baker’s rustic country pie. Well, maybe that’s an over-generalization. However you classify them, they are the perfect dessert for a summer dinner or afternoon picnic. They’re easy to make. They transport easily and don’t require any refrigeration. All this being said, they are as delicious as any American pie and you don’t have to worry about nicking the ends of the crust and damaging that picture-perfect look. In fact, you won’t find a simpler, more delicious homemade dessert than a fruit cobbler. I added a Choclatique touch to the batter with a little cocoa powder. Go ahead and splurge and top it with a little freshly-whipped Cinnamon Chantilly or a scoop of ice cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 40 to 50 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
5 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Choclatique Nutra Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 cups of sliced fresh Freestone peaches
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon crystalline sugar
- Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position, and heat oven to 350º F.
- Put butter in an 8-inch square or 9-inch round pan (cast iron works best); set in oven to melt. When butter has melted, remove pan from oven.
- Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add the milk; whisk to form a smooth batter.
- Pour batter into pan, and then scatter fruit over evenly over the batter. Sprinkle the lemon juice and zest over the fruit. Sprinkle with crystalline sugar.
- Do not mix. As the cobbler bakes the batter will rise up over the fruit creating a flaky, crisp pastry.
- Bake until batter browns and fruit bubbles, 40 to 50 minutes. Serve warm (not hot) or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream, a small scoop of ice cream, or my Cinnamon Chantilly (see recipe below), if desired.
ChefSecret: If you don’t have fresh peaches you can use nectarines, or whole blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pitted cherries or a combination of fruits. You can also use a 12-ounce package of frozen berries.
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients and whisk to stiff peaks.