The Return of the Fruit Cobbler

As the summer picnics begin, so will my tradition of carrying a fruit cobbler to the festivities.  There are so many flavor combinations for this very southern treat.  I love peach and raspberry, but blackberry and blueberry is also...

As the summer picnics begin, so will my tradition of carrying a fruit cobbler to the festivities.  There are so many flavor combinations for this very southern treat.  I love peach and raspberry, but blackberry and blueberry is also a wonderful flavor combination. Peaches are also a lead with blackberries or blueberries. This past week the grocery had both blackberries and blueberries on sale so this was my combination for my sweet treat for a BBQ dinner.  We have a blueberry farm close to the house and these gems are often frozen for this dessert.  Fresh or frozen fruits will work well in any cobbler.  I remember a winter and a crazy snowstorm that had us housebound for a few days.  As the kids were sliding down my driveway, I whipped up a cobbler with the frozen fruits and my neighbors still remember that contribution to a collective dinner.  My pantry is always stocked and ready for most anything!

There always seems to be a question if you use oatmeal in the cobbler or not.  I like cobblers either way but prefer the addition of oatmeal to add texture to the topping. Plan to serve this right out of the oven with some vanilla bean ice cream.  You will be asked to make this cobbler again many times, I can promise!

Fruit Cobbler with Ice Cream
Fruit Cobbler with Ice Cream

Fruit Cobbler

Ingredients:

Fruit filling -

  • Fruit of choice.  Ideas include:   a pint of raspberries, blackberries or blueberries and/or about 6 – 8 peaches.

If you opt for peaches, peel with a fruit peeler or immerse in boiling water for 30 seconds and then place in a water bath to remove the skins. Rustic slices will work great for a cobbler.  All berries will just need to be rinsed and dried.

  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar – taste to see if any more is needed given the tartness of the fruits you have chosen
  • ¼ cup flour

Mix together fruit, sugar and flour and add to a well buttered casserole dish

Topping –

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 stick of butter cut into cubes
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Mix together topping ingredients by hand in a bowl with a fork creating pea sized texture for this topping.
  2. Or, use an electric mixer to gain this crumbly texture.
  3. Sprinkle over the fruit filling.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
  5. The topping should brown the fruit juices should be bubbly.
  6. Serve immediately.
  7. Top with vanilla bean ice cream for an extra special treat.

What is your favorite fruit combination for a cobbler?