A prefermented cobbler is wonderfully quick and simple dessert. It is similar to a pie or a crisp, with a biscuit-based dough on top of your favourite combination of fruit. Whether you bake an apple cinnamon cobbler or a vanilla pear cobbler the result is a healthy and delicious treat.Print
Prefermented Fruit Cobbler
A prefermented cobbler is just like a pie, only better! It is quick and simple to make with apples, pears, peaches or berries.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Gluten Free
Pre-fermented Biscuit Dough
- 1 3/4 cup of flour (see notes for options)
- 1 cup buttermilk
Remaining Biscuit Ingredients
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 lbs of fruit
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (may need up to 1 cup for tart fruit)
- Spices or other flavours (see Cobbler Varieties below)
- 2 tbsp milk or melted butter
- 3 tsp sugar
- To preferment the flour, mix the flour and buttermilk in a glass container, and allow to soak for at least 15 minutes, up to 24 hours on the counter.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients. The flour will be very thick and sticky from the culturing. Do your best to mix the butter in by cutting it into the batter until it is evenly distributed.
- Mix the filling ingredients and spread out on the bottom of a 10 cup baking dish (or two smaller ones).
- Top with the cobbler biscuit dough.
- Brush with the milk or butter, then sprinkle on the sugar
- Bake at 375F (180C) for 40-50 minute until the top is nicely browned.
- Serve with cream or custard.
- I usually bake with my gluten free flour mix. However, you could also use any wholegrain flour. If you use white wheat flour then I recommend only soaking the flour for a short time to prevent it from developing a gluten structure.
- Though this recipe calls for buttermilk, you could use milk kefir, sour cream or yogurt.
- Soaking the flour for at least 15 minutes is required to properly hydrate the flour. However, to preferment the flour, culture it for at least 6 hours.
- Feel free to replace the sugar with honey, stevia or xylitol. I usually use date sugar.
Keywords: summer, spring, fruit, apple, pear, peach, blueberry, strawberry
- Apple Pie: Use 2 1/2 lbs of fresh or frozen apples thinly sliced. Add in 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cloves.
- Ginger Peach: Use 2 1/2 lbs of fresh peaches. Add in 1 tsp of ground ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
- Vanilla Pear: Mix 2 1/2 lbs of fresh or frozen pears, with seeds from 1 vanilla pod or 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
- Mixed berries: Use 2 1/2 lbs of your favourite berries, fresh or frozen, with a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.
- Strawberry rhubarb: Mix 1/2 lb of rhubarb with 2 lbs of strawberry. Use 1 cup of sugar to balance the tartness of rhubarb.