Patchwork Cobbler

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett

Topped with squares of sugar-crusted pastry, this cobbler shows off summer fruits in a rich, just-sweet-enough filling.

Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • CRUST
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons ice-cold milk
  • FILLING
  • 8 cups peeled and sliced firm, ripe peaches (about 7 large or 3 lb.)
  • 6 cups sliced red plums (about 9 medium or 2 lb.)
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • Sanding sugar or sparkling sugar

Preparation

  1. 1. Prepare Crust: Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut 1 cup butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Whisk together egg yolk and milk; stir into flour mixture just until dough starts to form a ball. Shape dough into a flat disk using lightly floured hands. Wrap disk in plastic wrap, and chill 1 to 24 hours.
  2. 2. Prepare Filling: Preheat oven to 425°. Place peaches and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir together 1 3/4 cups sugar and 1/2 cup flour; sprinkle over peach mixture, and gently stir. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch or shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Drizzle with melted butter.
  3. 3. Place dough disk on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle with flour. Place a piece of plastic wrap over dough disk. (This makes the dough easier to roll.) Roll dough to 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into 2-inch squares. Arrange squares in a patchwork pattern over peach mixture, leaving openings for steam to escape.
  4. 4. Whisk together egg and 2 Tbsp. water; brush dough with egg mixture. Sprinkle with sanding sugar or sparkling sugar.
  5. 5. Bake on lowest oven rack at 425° for 40 to 55 minutes or until crust is deep golden and peach mixture is bubbly, shielding edges with foil during last 5 to 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Transfer to a wire rack; cool 1 hour.
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