A cobbler is an incredibly delicious dessert, full of fruity filling & topped with biscuits that soak up the fruit juices as it bakes. This recipe uses a mixture of strawberries & rhubarb. The berries add lots of natural sweetness, so I was able to cut back a bit on the amount of sugar required. For the biscuit topping, I did use some butter (because you can’t get a flaky biscuit without butter!) but I also included some Greek yogurt, which cuts back on the fat and also gives the biscuits their lovely moistness & dense texture. I hope you try out this treat soon and enjoy it with a smile, alongside some family & friends. Let me know what you think!
4 cups rhubarb, chopped
2 cups strawberries, hulled & sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup Greek yogurt
5 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon milk
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Begin by making the filling: sprinkle the lemon juice and vanilla over the fruit & toss. Next, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch, sprinkle over the prepared fruit, and toss again. Lots of tossing in this step!
3. Transfer the prepared filling to a baking dish. You could use a 9x9 square dish or a deep dish pie plate – that’s what I chose!
4. Now you can move on to preparing the topping. Start by whisking together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
5. Next, cut the cubes of butter into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter. Forks work too, in a pinch! Once the butter is the size of peas, you’re ready for the next step.
6. Add the Greek yogurt and mix using a rubber spatula until the flour & butter mixture is moistened. Next, knead the mixture approximately 10 times. The dough should be slightly sticky.
7. Divide the dough in half, then divide each half into 3. This will leave you with 6 even parts. Pat each ball of dough into a round biscuit, about an inch thick.
8. Arrange the biscuits over top of the prepared fruit filling. Brush each biscuit with some milk and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar. Now you’re ready to bake!
9. Place the baking dish into the pre-heated oven. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. The fruit should be bubbly and the tops of the biscuits should be golden brown. You may want to place a piece of tinfoil underneath the baking dish – the fruit juices may overflow while baking!
10. Once baked through, remove from the cobbler from the oven and let cool on the stove top for at least 15 minutes.
11. Serve each person a biscuit plus lots of fruit filling. You can also top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream for an extra indulgent dessert. Enjoy!
Recipe created by Alex Chesney, RD