Fast Fruit Cobbler

Fruit Cobbler - Baked

Baked and bubbling Fast Fruit Cobbler

Summertime is fruit time! While I love eating fresh fruit and serving it as close to its natural state as possible, it’s also fun to use fruit in baking. My hubbie is a cobbler fanatic so whenever I have stone fruit and/or berries that have seen slightly better days, I bake up a cobbler! 

I’ve made this recipe many times and it always comes out perfectly. As with just about every recipe I provide, feel free to tinker to your liking. For example, alter the amount of sugar (very sweet fruit calls for a slight decrease in the amount). Also, try out different stone fruits such as cherries, apricots and nectarines or blueberries.

Spread the cobbler love throughout the year by freezing fruit. Berries, stone fruit and diced rhubarb freeze beautifully as long as you freeze them on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper) so that none of the bits are touching. Then promptly put them in a plaster zipper bag and back into the freezer.

Fast Fruit Cobbler

Ingredients:
4 TBS melted unsalted butter
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 TBS sugar mixed with 1 tsp. almond extract (this addition makes ALL the difference)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
2-3 cups diced fruit (stone fruit and/or berries)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle position.
2. Pour the butter and milk into a medium-size bowl.
2. Add  the dry ingredients together (excluding the almond sugar).
3. Whisk until all the lumps are gone.
4. Pour the batter into a square or circular pan that is about 8 inches across.
5. Sprinkle the fruit onto the batter, distributing it evenly. Don’t push it down – let it lie.
6. Drizzle the almond sugar mixture over the fruit – it will be like a thick syrup.
7. Bake for 50 minutes total, turning the pan around half way through to ensure even baking. Okay so maybe 50 minutes isn’t so fast but it’s very fast to assemble. 
8. Allow pan to cool, sitting on a raised rack for about 20 minutes. The cobbler will taste better as it cools and is really awesome the next day. Serve with a little whipped cream or ice cream.

Fruit Cobbler - raw

This is about to be an amazing cobbler, just as soon as it bakes. 

Jack-O-Lantern Dinner: Fortify the kids before trick-or-treating with this fun Halloween-themed dinner

When Halloween comes around, I’m ashamed to say you won’t find me in a clever, well-thought-out costume. I just don’t have the imagination for it. I usually go for my old standby – wearing all black and pinning socks and little t-shirts to myself going as “Static Cling.”

Where I do get into Halloween is in the kitchen. Every year, I try to come up with a Halloween-y twist on something I routinely make. Here are two of my family’s favorites:

Jack-O-Pizza
Makes 4 individual pizzas depending on size of dough ball and size of the pizzas you make.

Pizza dough you make at home or from the store (Whole Foods makes a good one)
Pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Pepperoni circles cut in half to make half-moons and in quarters to make triangles

  1. Divide the dough into individual portions and roll out on a cutting board dusted with white flour.
  2. Take a table knife and cut a free-form pumpkin shape, cutting out a little dough at the top to make a slight indentation.
  3. Take the piece you removed and shape it into a rectangle and attach it to the indented area as though it is the stem of the pumpkin, pressing the tip of the stem into the pumpkin lightly to attach it.
  4. Spread pizza sauce on the pumpkin but within about a quarter of an inch of the edges.
  5. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  6. Let each person use the pepperoni shapes to decorate their own Jack-O-Pizza face.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is looking golden.

Jack-O-Cobbler
Makes 4 mini cobblers

1 Ready-made pie crust
Mini-pie tins or individual-size baking cups
Your favorite apple pie filling recipe (sliced apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and lemon juice)
Additions of your choice like chopped walnuts or pecans and raisins

  1. Mix the apple pie filling in a bowl and then portion it out into the individual baking cups or pie tins being sure to fill them to the top.
  2. Using a cup or bowl slightly larger than the size of your baking cup, cut out circles from the pie crust. (see photo below)
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut out Jack-O-Lantern faces or other designs like a sliver of a moon or maybe a leaf shape, making sure the design isn’t too large or else the dough will collapse into the fruit.
  4. Place the pie crust over the baking cup, pressing the edges down so that they stick slightly to the baking cup. As the cobblers bake, the edges will release from the edges of the cups a bit but that’s okay.
  5. Bake in a 325 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and a knife easily pierces the apples when carefully poked through one of the openings in your design.

Note: these also make good breakfast cups served at room temperature.

Put your pie filling in individual oven-safe baking cups.

Cut out circle shapes slightly larger than your baking cups

Cut out Jack-O-Lantern faces or other designs.

The finished product! Cute and yummy.