Monday, August 2, 2010

simple summer stone fruit cobbler

I love cherry season. As a family, we generally consume about 25 pounds in a span of two or three months. (I'm not telling how much of that I'm personally responsible for. Ahem.) This simple cobbler is one of my favorite ways to eat cherries. It's also a great way to use all of those other yummy summer stone fruits, like peaches, nectarines and plums. This recipe is kind of a cheater cobbler: still from scratch, just without all that dough making, rolling and cutting. Perfect for surprise guests or afternoon cravings. 

Summer Stone Fruit Cobbler

1/4 cup butter (That's right. Real butter. I said it was simple, not healthy)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

~ 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of the stone fruit of  your choice 
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Prep your fruit, first, by washing it really well. If you're using peaches, nectarines or plums, remove the stone and slice your fruit. (I don't peel my fruit for this recipe because I like it to be a bit more rustic. Plus it's prettier. Suit yourself on this.) If you're using cherries, spend the next hour laboriously cutting and pitting the little wretches OR you could do like I did and buy yourself one of these handy little kitchen wonders and be done with pitting in mere minutes: 

( I did the Snoopy Happy Dance when I first used this)

Okay, fruit cleaned, pitted and sliced (except for the cherries, which I leave whole), toss it into a bowl with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Use your hands to mix well, coating each piece of fruit with the sugar mixture. (If I don't have time to let my fruit sit for a while, I massage it a bit, especially the cherries [really, I come pretty close to crushing these], to get the juices flowing really well. If you can let the peaches, nectarines and plums sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, they'll get juicy on their own.)

Preheat your oven to 375. I really like to use a well seasoned, cast iron skillet for this cobbler. The advantage is that it will give your cobbler a beautiful, crunchy, delicious crust. Totally worth the extra effort. 

Melt your butter on the stove top in the cast iron skillet while you mix the batter. You want the skillet hot and the butter melted and swirled around the edges of the pan to coat the bottom and prevent the batter from sticking. Be careful not to burn the butter - if you're nervous about the multitasking, just wait until your batter is mixed to heat your skillet and melt the butter. You could also let your skillet heat up in the oven as it preheats, then take it out to melt the butter once your batter is mixed. 

Now for the rest of the batter. This couldn't be easier. Blend the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla well with a whisk and pour over the melted butter in the skillet or baking dish. Very important: do not stir. Distribute the prepared fruit gently over the batter, again without stirring. 

Bake for 40 minutes, until the batter is starting to turn golden brown and crisping around the edges. Serve your cobbler hot out of the oven with ice cream or freshly whipped cream, if you like. Or, just as good, straight out of the fridge the next morning for breakfast. 


Larissa Holland said...

wow, that sounds good. I have a cobbler recipe that is really simple like that too, just fruit, one cup milk, one cup sugar and one cup self rising flour over the melted butter. What kind of cherries are those? I bought some at the market that were a maroon color and pretty big, and I've been enjoying them with peaches and cream. I toyed around with making a clafoutis but it never materialized.

Robyn said...

L - Yeah, I made a clafoutis early on in the season. It was a bomb. Not as in Da Bomb. I overcooked it a bit, so it got all rubbery and gross. The flavor wasn't very good, either.

This cobbler recipe is just too easy and good, so I've made it a few times this season already rather than trying again with the clafoutis. (Probably everyone has a similar recipe, but, just in case, I had to share.) I might try a simple custard next time, kind of like my creme brulee.

These are just plain ol' Bings. I LOVE Rainier cherries but they're rarely under $5.99 per pound around here and, at the rate I'm eating them, that just won't fly.

Sherry said...

Sounds dee-lish! I am seriously contemplating being a surprise guest.

Robyn said...

Sherry - COME ON! (If the house isn't clean, I'll treat you like the family you are. Push the laundry over on the couch and make yourself at home. And you might want to wear shoes in my kitchen.)

dachsynut said...

Is that my Sherry? If so, come on & I'll share the Faux w/you. I've never heard of stone fruit (or would that be stoned fruit) so I found this very intriguing. I've never cooked fresh cherries as they don't last long around me. Make have to get that gadget & give it a try.

Robyn said...

D - I highly recommend the gadget. But, tell you what, I'll just bring you a cobbler one of these days. Make sure you want to invest. Deal?

btw - nice to get a comment from you, miss lurky lou... ;)

dachsynut said...

You'll bring me a cobbler??!! That's a deal I can't turn

Today was the 2nd time that your post was at the top of my Reader list. Very nice to see you at the top - where you deserve to be.;-)

Robyn said...

D - awwwww, you're so sweet. Now I'm definitely bringing you a cobbler. Any other requests?

Sherry said...

Yes, Doll, it's me! Love our Robyn's blog. I think she belongs at the top also. Wish I lived closer, I would show up with the Blue Bell and WOW!, could we pack on the pounds. Robyn, I am used to sticking to the floor in the kitchen, and at the moment, my bed is piled ceiling high with clothes needing to be folded and put away also. :) Life's good!

aprats said...

GREAT shot of the cherry pitter! Just had to let you know. :)

Robyn said...

Sherry - You're a true kindred spirit.

Amy - Woohoo! Thanks!

Candi Summers said...

WOW! I am supposed to make a stonefruit cobbler this morning for my father in law's birthday, which I conveniently forgot until I was getting into bed at midnight last night! I googled stonefruit cobbler and got your blog entry. This recipe is exactly what I was looking for because I have made that type of cobbler crust for years but never used fresh fruit and didn't know if I could! :)
Looks like you posted this recently, and I'm so glad! I'll be dropping by again because you remind me of myself. :)I'm ad ADD crafter with 4 children under 9.

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