You can never go wrong with crisp and cobblers for Summer. This Strawberry Cobbler is a Summer desert bliss that I never get tired of making. Made from nothing but sweet and fresh Strawberry topped with cake like biscuit batter, baked until thick and bubbly and topped with generous amount of vanilla ice cream for serving. How could you go wrong with something as simple and delicious as this?
While we are enjoying the sweet fruits of Summer, might as well make the Strawberry Cobbler again and again while there’s and abundance of fresh Strawberry in the market. If you are following my blog, you’re probably aware how much I love crisp, cobblers, galette, pie or anything I can load with fresh Summer fruits. The likes of Strawberry Crisp topped with oats or my simply delicious Mango Galette, or the very Blueberry Crisp served with homemade Blueberry Ice Cream. Cobblers are not only delicious, there are easy to prepare too. It’s not as easy as making a fruit crisp, but the amount of extra work to make the biscuit topping is almost the same as making the crisp topping but it’s totally worth it.
What is a Cobbler?
Cobbler is a dish consisting of a fruit or savory filling baked into a large dish and topped or covered with a cake like batter, biscuit, or dumpling before being baked. The more common cobbler recipe looks like deep-dish pie crustless pie topped with browned biscuit topping.
What are the ingredients for a Strawberry Cobbler?
- Strawberry – I always use fresh Strawberry but if Strawberry is not in season, you can use frozen. no need to thaw before baking. Simply mix with the other ingredients and proceed with the rest of the recipe.
- Sugar – To add sweetness to both the fruit mixture and biscuit topping
- Cornstarch – To thicken the sauce, or you can also use white chia seed
- All-Purpose Flour – can be substituted with cake flour for a lighter crumb
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda – To give the biscuit topping a lift and crunchy browned surface
- Salt – To balance the sweetness of the fruit mixture
- Buttermilk – for a lighter biscuit, can be substituted with regular milk
Can I use other fruits?
Absolutely. My other favorite are Peach, Bluebbery and sometimes a mix of different kind of berries.
How do you make a cobbler?
Cobbler is a simple easy recipe to make. It is basically a 2 fold process regardless of what fruit you are using.
Preparing the Fruit
Start with preparing your fruits. You can use frozen or fresh but i you can get hold of fresh fruits in would recommend that you use fresh fruits, nothing beats fresh fruits for cobbler. Wash and clean the fruit and cut small pieces, but not too small. The fruits will breakdown as t cooks and you don’t want to end up with just sauce in your cobbler. It’s nice to have chucks of fruits as well. For Strawberry, I like to cut it in quarters or in half of they are small. Peaches I go for 8 pieces per peach and maybe 10 pieces of the Peach is really big. For Apricots I do quarters as well of half for chunkier pieces. Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackberry I leave them whole. For Apples, since this is harder I cut them slightly thinner again depending on how big the apple.
Making the Biscuit Topping
Cobbler is not a cobbler without the biscuit or cake like batter covering the top. This is what makes cobbler different from crisp or crumble. It uses a biscuit topping or a cake like batter as opposed to a crisp or crumble topping made with flour, sugar and oats. Making the cobbler topping is as simple as making a biscuit.
- Biscuit – You can top a cobbler with a traditional flaky biscuit made from flour, batter and sugar, just like any other biscuit. Simply mix the flour and sugar first. I like to add a little bit of baking powder to give it a nice lift. Then add the butter, I like to use a large cheese grater to break the batter into smaller pieces. You can also use a pastry cutter or use your hand to crumble the butter with the flour mixture. Last but not the least, add in the liquid and mix until it all come together. Once you have the batter, simply roll and flatten it into 1-inch thick and cut with a cookie cutter. I recommend freezing for at least 15 minutes before baking.
- Cake like Batter – You can make the topping more like a cake like batter. This kind of topping is more loose and runny and it considerably spreads during baking unlike biscuit which retains the shape. Cake like batter uses almost the same ingredients as biscuit, but it uses more liquid to give it a softer batter than spread during baking.
Can I freeze Cobbler?
Good news, YES You can. Here are two ways that you can do it, take note of the pros and cons of each of this method.
- Bake the entire cobbler & freeze – This method is applicable for storing leftover cobbler. You can bake the entire cobber (fruit and toppings on top) and let it cool completely then over tightly in plastic wrap and foil and freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in a 350-degree oven or until the fruit is bubbly.
- Pros: This is the easiest way and you can simply put it in the oven when ready to serve.
- Cons: The topping could get soggy as it absorb the juice from the fruit mix. So I do not really recommend this method, but it is there in case you have leftover cobbler that you need to store.
- Freeze the Filling, Make the Biscuit and add the topping later: Mix together the filling, place in your baking dish, cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Make the biscuit, wrap and freeze up to 2-3 months. When ready to bake, thaw the biscuit in the refrigerator then top the fruit filling with the biscuit. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until hot and bubbling and biscuit it nicely browned.
- Pros: This is the best way to get as close to making it fresh. This is almost like making it the same day.
- Cons: Still thinking 🙂
- Freeze the Filling, Make the Biscuit topping later: If you are making a cake like batter topping as opposed to a biscuit topping, this method is what works best for me. Mix together the filling, place in your baking dish, cover and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, bake the filling first for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot and bubbling. Then mix together your topping, add it, and return to the oven for another 20 to 25 minutes or until the topping is nicely browned.
Since cobbler is such an easy dessert to prepare, I would recommend (if possible for you) make it the same day that you will serve it. Although freezing saves some time in the preparation, using all fresh ingredients and newly made biscuit topping is always the BEST way to go.
For the Fruit:
- 1 1/4 cup ripe but not overly ripe Strawberry – cut into quarters or half if the Strawberry are small
- 2 tbsp granulated Sugar (increase sugar if the Strawberry is not sweet)
- 2 tbsp Cornstarch
For the Biscuit Topping:
- 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 3/4 tsp tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cornstarch
- 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp unsalted COLD Butter, diced
- 1/4 cup Buttermilk (to make your own buttermilk, add 2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar in 1/4 cup of milk. Let sit for 5 minutes until it starts to curdle)
- 3 tbsp granulated White Sugar
- coarse sugar, for sprinkling on top before baking (optional)
Note: For a bigger batch that serves 4-5, simply double the ingredients measurement.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Wash and cut strawberries in quarter slices. Transfer into a bowl and sprinkle with sugar and cornstarch. Stir very well, and then set aside in the refrigerator while you make the biscuit
- Dry Ingredients: In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Add the butter to the mixture, and work it until it is the size of peas. Use a pastry blender a fork or your fingers to cut the butter throughout the flour.
- Wet + Dry Ingredients: Next, in a small measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and lemon zest. Pour this over to the flour mixture, and stir until a wet dough forms.
- Gather the Dough: Place the dough on a floured surface, and knead a few times to bring it together, but do not over mix it. Stop once it comes together, the dough do not need to be smooth. The smoother it is, means that you over worked it and will result to a tough biscuit instead of a crunchy and flaky biscuit.
- Divide the dough into 2 and form it into a disk. I like using my hands to form it into ball and then use my palm to flatten it a bit. This way, there is no left over dough. You can also use cookie cutter.
- Assemble: Transfer strawberry mixture in a 5-6 inch round or oval baking dish, or 2 regular size ramekins. If you are using 2 ramekins, divide the strawberry mixture between the 2 ramekins. If you are using one baking dish, pour all the strawberry mixture in the dish. Put the biscuit on top the brush the top with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. This will give a brown top.
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and the fruit mixture is bubbling and thick.
- Biscuit can be made in advance and stored in the freezer. When ready to use, take out from the freezer and leave overnight in the refrigerator or leave at room temperature while you preheat the oven. You might need to adjust baking time 5 minutes at a time, until top tuns crunchy and brown.
Enjoy! If you make this, share and tag me in Instagram #SweetNSpicyLiving. I would like to see your creations too.
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