Cobbler is a traditional English and American baked dessert consisting of a fruit filling covered by a brown colored biscuit-like pastry shell. Cobblers are often considered sweet pies in the broad sense of the word. Cobblers come in a number of varieties. Popular variants of cobbler recipes include Grunts, Slumps, Betties, pandowdy, Sonkers and the Buckles. Commonly liked cobblers include blueberry cobbler, cherry cobbler, peach cobbler, and pear cobbler. The dessert is made with a number of other fruits than this. Savory cobblers made of meat, like the beef cobbler, are also known.
History of Cobblers
The origin of the cobbler is known to date back to the early 19th century to the European cuisine though the cuisine of the Southern United States claims credit for its invention, the dessert dish is largely believed to be a part of the invention of the European cuisine.
Common Ingredients used by Cobbler Recipes
The cobbler, as already noted, may be sweet or savory. Fruits of different varieties are a mandatory ingredient of the dessert cobbler. Meat is commonly used for making dessert cobblers. The pastry crust is the next most important component of both sweet and savory cobblers. It is made of flour used to make biscuit dough and contains sugar or salt depending upon the variety. Butter and water are other ingredients used to make pastry dough. Cereals like oats may be mixed with the flour of the pastry dough. Apart for the fruits already mentioned, apples, apricots, and plums are other fruits that are commonly used in making the cobbler. Spices like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg are sprinkled in small quantities on cobblers for flavoring.
Preparation of Cobbler
Cobbler is a very convenient item to prepare. The components, namely, the filling and the pastry crust need to be prepared first. For making the pastry batter, flour is mixed with sugar, water, milk, and butter. The fruit filling is made by either arranging the fruit as it is or pureeing it into a fine mixture. The pastry is placed above the filling in the baking tray and it is not necessary that it should always be a continuous sheet of pastry, though many cobblers have this. Many cobblers are made with the pastry appearing like dumplings on the fruit filling. The filling with the pastry is baked till done which may be indicated by the pastry crust attaining a delicious golden brown colored surface.
Serving and Eating Cobbler
Cobbler is a dessert dish and it is served with some ice cream after a meal. The cobbler is best served hot, though it can be made ahead, refrigerated and then heated again and served. When topped with ice cream, it should be cooled before being frosted.
Popular Variations of the Cobbler
A number of popular American and English desserts belong to the cobbler family. They are discussed as below: