Last weekend I bought two giant buckets full of beautiful little plums. I had great expectations for them. We were going to make jams and sauces and cakes galore! Well, most of them got eaten somehow…but I had enough to make this beautiful cobbler!
A cobbler is an easy and delicious dessert, you are basically making a loose jam filling and covering it in biscuits. Most people recommend a dollop of wet biscuit dough on top, which is really delicious in and of itself, but I like to use my standard biscuit dough to have nice fluffy biscuits. I press the dough out and fold it five times to create lovely layers as it bakes. If you want an even simpler dough, make it as the recipe calls and skip the folding, just dollop it on with a big spoon.
The cobbler should work with a variety of different fruits and berries, so experiment as you will!
- 4 pounds plums, pitted and chopped
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- zest of one lemon
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup White Lily or pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons butter, cold and cut up into small cubes
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk or spoiled milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine the first six ingredients in a Dutch oven and simmer until bubbly and thickened a bit. Between 5 and 10 minutes.
- Transfer fruit to a pie dish or casserole.
- Place dry biscuit ingredients in the bowl of a mixer. Add butter and beat until a coarse oatmeal-like texture forms.
- Add buttermilk. The mixture should be wet.(If you want a quick method, take a spoon and dollop biscuit on now).
- Flour a counter top and pat biscuit dough with your hands to a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Fold in half and flatten 5 times.
- Flatten again to 1/2 inch thick and cut into rounds. You will need about 6 biscuits. You can use the leftover dough to fold into more biscuits.
- Place on top of plums. Brush with egg mixture.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes.
- Serve with whipped cream.