Berry Plum Cobbler

I don’t really have a favorite dessert. I pretty much like them all–sometimes I want something fancy and other times, well I just want something simple. Cobbler is about as simple as it gets (beyond ya know, a plain bowl of fruit–also perfect on occasion). This recipe came together because my dad gave me what seemed like 30 pounds of plums from his tree so I kept making things to use up the plums.

We had jam, muffins, fruit salads, and this cobbler! All of them were good– but this cobbler was delicious. I find cobblers to be an easy way to use up fresh or frozen fruit–helpful when you get a good crop or a good price at the farmer’s market!

Berry Plum Cobbler is jammy & delicious!

Fresh strawberries and plums come together for a delicious filling

You’ve probably had several types of cobbler before–but I think plums are a less common fruit found in them. I’m fully on board to throw plums into every hot, bubbling cobbler I make now 🙂 They just work so well. The peels add color and the plums add a little tartness to the other berries.

For Berry Plum Cobbler, you’ll Need:

  • Mix of fresh or frozen plums, strawberries, blueberries. cherries or other berries:
  • 4-5 cups fresh fruit for an 8 x 8 cobbler
  • 8-9 cups fruit for a 9 x 13 (add 5-10 minutes bake time)
All cobblers are better with ice cream!

Top Tips for a good cobbler:

  • Shriveled, over-ripe and/or blemished fruit is OK (cobblers are a perfect excuse to use up some older fruits!)
  • Moldy, rotten and/or fruit beyond saving won’t work– sugar can’t disguise rot 🙂
  • Using unpeeled fruit adds color and natural pectin to the dish
  • Let cool a few minutes before serving fresh from the oven (to help everything set a little more). Reheat when serving–something about warm cobbler is so comforting

The real trick with any cobbler is to use enough fruit + some sugar + a little citrus/cornstarch + some spices to complement the fruit. I’m sure I’ll share other cobbler recipes in the coming months but for now, I encourage you to save this post for when plums are filling up your backyard tree 🙂

If you’re looking for more desserts, check out some other recipes:

Berry Plum Cobbler

thedachshundmom
Strawberry, plum, and blueberry filling topped with sweet cobbler crust. Plums add a jam-like taste and berries add sweetness and texture. This dish is prepared in an 8×8 inch casserole but can doubled for a 9×13 pan. Perfect, easy to make summer treat! Especially good with ice cream or double cream!
This recipe calls for 4-5 cups of fresh fruit and is easily adaptable to whatever berries you like. Vegetarian.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8
Calories 264 kcal

Ingredients
  

Fruit Filling:

  • 2 C strawberries, cut into chunks
  • 2 C plums, cut into chunks ~4-6 plums
  • ½ C blueberries, whole
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp juice (orange or lemon)
  • 1-2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground nutmeg

Cobbler Crust:

  • ½ C unsalted butter. softened
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • C All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 375° F.

    Prepare Fruit Filling:

    • Combine fruit into an 8 x 8 casserole or glass dish.
    • In a separate small dish, dissolve the 1 Tbsp cornstarch into the 2 Tbsp of juice. Then, whisk in the 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
    • Pour cornstarch/spice slurry over fruit and toss gently to coat.
    • Set fruit filling aside and prepare crust.

    Prepare Cobbler Crust:

    • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
    • Using a hand or stand mixer, cream together butter and 1/2 c sugar on medium speed for 3-4 minutes.
    • Beat in the egg and almond extract. Scrape sides if needed.
    • Using low speed, stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

    Make Cobbler:

    • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop batter evenly over fruit filling. Try to cover as much fruit as possible and if needed, use a spatula to help spread batter.
    • Bake in preheated 375° F oven for 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
    • Allow the cobbler to cool slightly before serving (to help fruit set up). Enjoy warm or allow to cool completely and refrigerate, covered. Can be refrigerated up to 4 days. Reheat servings as desired.

    Notes

    • For doubled recipes (for a 9 x 13 inch dish): increase baking time by 5-10 minutes but still rely on the “golden brown and bubbly” measure.
    • For vegan substitutions, we used plant based ‘butter’ and Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer. This was a delicious and easy vegan dessert!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 264kcal
    Keyword Berry Plum Cobbler, Cobbler, Easy Summer Desserts, Fruit Cobbler, Plum Cobbler, Summer Desserts
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    What’s better than a summer fruit cobbler?

    I’ve made this cobbler with all types of berries and cherries (yum!) and I’ve made it in all sizes, depending on how much fruit I had to use. Give this a try when you have extra plums on hand this summer!

    Have a great week, friends! And have some fun in the kitchen 🙂

    -Emma



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