Thursday 29 September 2011

Pecan Plum Cobbler

In between finding my flat and moving in this week, I went off to France for ten days with my mum. We went on an eating holiday.

As I look back on it now, it's a blur of moules frites, lobster, langoustines, caramel beurre salé, macarons, kouignettes, chocolates, crepes, duck confit, ice creams, beurre d'Isigny and so much more. We moved from Normandy to Brittany and finally to Paris. It was divine.

Though I've made and tasted a lot of crumbles in my life, I'd never come across cobblers before I started blogging. I've been meaning to try one out for ages.

I made this with the first of the plums before I left Switzerland. I mixed juicy red plums, green reine claudes (greengages) and some tapered purple plums to give it some variety. As I can't resist adding pecans to plums (one of my favourite combinations), I popped some into the cobbler itself. I thought the juices were too gloopy so I've reduced the corn flour to 1 tbsp but feel free to add the other tbsp if you like it thick. I also found it too sweet even once I had heavily reduced the sugar, so I've taken more off below. Make sure you keep baking until it's brown all over - I think I slightly undercooked mine. Other than that, it was delicious!

Pecan Plum Cobbler
(adapted from Simply Recipes)

For the fruit:
10-12 just ripe plums, assorted
75g light brown sugar
1 tbsp corn flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnnamon

For the cobbler topping:
110g plain flour
30g light brown sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
50g unsalted butter
50g pecans, toasted and chopped
60ml whole milk
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 170C/350F. Stone the plums and cut them into slices or halves, depending on size. In the baking dish combine the sugar, corn flour and cinnamon. Add the plums and toss until they're evenly coated.

In a medium bowl mix the plain flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Rub in the butter. Stir in the pecans. In a small bowl whisk the milk and egg together, then add to the bowl. Fold until combined then dollop over the fruit. Bake for 35-40 minutes until browned all over and bubbling. Serve with cold thick cream.

(Serves 8-10)


  1. Yum... I have been seriously craving baked goods recently, crumbles, scones (I think after your scone post comparing them all with lashing of cream and jam, you had me!), biscuits - nothing tooth achingly sweet - and this fits right in there!
    It's not yet Autumn here either (Lisbon) and my English self is dying to snuggle up and wrap myself in a blanket and eat just these types of puddings! x Glad you agree!

  2. Your trip sounds absolutely wonderful... I have to admit I hadn't heard of kouignettes but thanks to the internet I now know what they are and want to try them! Crumble holds a special place in my heart but I've never tried a cobbler either...yours looks like a pretty good place to start :-)

  3. hi, just discovered your blog and I love it !
    congratulations for your pictures and recipes :-)

  4. I'd never heard of cobblers before I started blogging either. This looks delicious though and those plums look fantastic.

  5. I don't think I have ever had or made cobbler before. Crazy hey!?

  6. I'd never heard of cobblers before I started blogging either and still haven't got round to trying one. This looks delicious and definitely has me tempted!

  7. How divine!! What a colour! I would like to make this cobbler with fruits of the season as you did and have it at breakfast with yogurt! Then even without sugar it wouldn't feel wrong!

  8. liz b - hehe good to hear I've inspired scone fever! The weather today was insane here - so hot! I'm definitely ready for autumn now.

    thelittleloaf - I hadn't heard of them before we stumbled into Larnicot in St Malo and saw them there - they were so delicious. So buttery and good. Cobblers are interesting - definitely worth a try!

    argone -so glad you like it - welcome!

    Jennifer - I think they're more of an American thing. Fun to try something new sometimes :)

    Jolene Seems lots of us haven't! Definitely worth a try and playing around with.

    Lucy - I had't heard of crisps or brown bettys either - lots of these lovely autumnal things to try!

    Maria - Ooh I bet it would be delicious cold with yogurt! Do try it out and tell me how it goes :)

  9. Cobblers are so irresistible! Cobblers and crisps are a delightful and easy way to enjoy fruit at the peak of their seasonal flavors. Here in the states, we like to serve them with ice cream!

  10. Deb - I love how adjustable the whole family of desserts (crumbles, crisps cobblers etc) are to the seasons and taste. Ice cream sounds lovely!

  11. Emma, what a treat! Just in time for Autumn/Winter season.

  12. What a great trip :) This cobbler looks divine!

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