This sourdough cobbler is a wonderfully quick and simple dessert. It is similar to a pie or a crisp, with a biscuit-based sourdough topping.
Five Fruit Flavors!
This simple sourdough cobbler is delicious with any type of fruit. Feel free to use whatever is in season. Or try one of my favorite combinations:
- Apple Pie: Use 2 1/2 lbs of fresh or frozen apples, thinly sliced or cubed. Add in 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cloves.
- Ginger Peach: Use 2 1/2 lbs of fresh peaches. Flavor it with 1 tsp of ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon.
- Vanilla Pear: Mix 2 1/2 lbs of fresh or frozen pears flavored with the seeds from 1 vanilla pod or 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
- Mixed berries: Use 2 1/2 lbs of your favorite berries, fresh or frozen, with a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.
- Strawberry rhubarb: Mix 1/2 lb of rhubarb with 2 lbs of strawberry. Add up to 1 cup of sugar to balance the tartness of the rhubarb.
Sourdough Cobbler toppings
The tangy fruit flavor of cobbler is even more amazing when served with a rich and creamy topping. It’s the perfect way to balance the sweet and acidic nature of the fruit!
Here are a few recommended serving options:
- Cultured whipping cream is quick, easy, and probiotic!
- Classic instant custard is perfect for a vintage-inspired dessert.
- Date-sweetened caramel sauce is delicious drizzled over apple cobbler.
- Vegan custard is a delicious dairy-free alternative
Sourdough cobbler is just like a pie, only better! It is quick and simple to make with apples, pears, peaches, or berries. See the section above for five of my favorite fruit combinations. The recipe includes a quick alternative for anyone who doesn’t have a sourdough starter.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Sourdough
- Cuisine: Traditional
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 2 1/2 lbs of fruit
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (may need up to 1 cup for tart fruit)
- Spices or other flavors (see the section above for suggestions)
- 3/4 cup of flour (gluten-free or all-purpose flour)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp butter (or margarine)
- 1 cup sourdough starter (see notes for an alternative)
- 2 Tbsp melted butter (or margarine)
- 3 tsp sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375F (180C).
- Chop the fruit into thin slices or bite-sized pieces. Mix the fruit with the sugar and spices, and spread it out on the bottom of an 11 cup baking dish.
- Combine the flour with baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large bowl.
- Cut the butter into the flour until it is evenly distributed, like a coarse meal. I usually do this by rubbing in the butter with my fingers, but you can use a pastry knife.
- Mix in the sourdough starter to form a sticky dough. Avoid over mixing, you just need to bring the dough ingredients together.
- Top the fruit with the cobbler biscuit dough.
- Brush the top of the biscuit with melted butter, then sprinkle on some sugar.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until the dough is cooked and the top is nicely browned.
- Serve with cream or custard.
- If you don’t have an active sourdough starter, then mix 1 cup of buttermilk with 1 cup of flour and let it sit out on the counter for 24 hours to ferment.
- This recipe also works with sourdough discard. Just make sure the discard isn’t more than a few weeks old. Otherwise, it might not taste very good.
- I usually bake this recipe with a gluten-free sourdough starter and my gluten-free flour mix.
- Feel free to replace the brown sugar with your favorite sugar alternative. I usually use date sugar.
- For a vegan and dairy-free cobbler, replace the butter with margarine.
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