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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Simple and sinful: Mimi's Fruit Cobbler



Mimi's Fruit Cobbler

If there is one thing a US Southerner loves from an early age, it's fruit cobbler! It's our favorite dessert for almost any occasion and is especially great for a grill out or barbeque. During my lifetime, I've probably eaten at least quadruple my weight in cobbler. This is a southern style fruit cobbler where the breading part is actually on  bottom and bakes up through the fruit.

The problem is that neither of my grandmothers ever made homemade cobbler because it was so readily available at every restaurant. As a result, I never learned to make a good cobbler. I tried all kinds of crazy recipes and not a one of them was just right.
Any kind of fruit works great for this, but you may need to adjust the amount of sugar added directly to the fruit based on the type. Fruits that are naturally sweet (or very ripe) may need less sugar than fruits that are tart or aren't quite ripe yet. Also, she used Publix grocery store brand of self-rising flour and poured it from the bag into a measuring cup. How you measure can have a big impact.

She was kind enough to grant permission for sharing this recipe with you as long as we credit her grandmother for the amazingness you're about to taste. Without further ado, I give you Mimi's Fruit Cobbler.


Ingredients:

2cupsfresh or thawed frozen fruit (if the fruit isn't thawed, the crust will not cook!)
1/2cupcup granulated (caster) sugar
190gramsself-rising flour (if you don't want to weigh the flour, pour the flour from the bag into a glass measuring cup stopping just over 1 cup and it should be very close to 190 grams)
3/4cupsugar
1cupmilk
1dashvanilla
1/4tspsalt
3/4sticksalted butter (if you're really worried about calories or fat, you might be able to cut back to half a stick but don't omit it completely as it is definitely part of the magic!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup sugar over the fruit.
  3. Using a microwave, Melt the butter in a small 6" square casserole dish. (I don't have a square casserole dish so I used a round one but noticed that I was missing some of the extra crispy bits from the corner of the square one she made.)
  4. Mix the flour, sugar, milk and vanilla together.
    I used fresh peaches and didn't even bother to peel the skin. Some frozen raspberries were tossed in for extra color.
  5. Pour the batter into the melted butter. Do not stir.
    Pouring the batter
  6. Pour the fruit on top. Do not stir.
    
    Ready to go into the oven
  7. Bake for approximately 45 minutes until golden brown. The batter will puff up around the fruit and it will all just be all, "what's up??"

    
    Out of the oven
  8. Serve while still warm with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
    Sin in a bowl!
I sure hope you enjoy this cobbler as much as I did. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading! :)

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