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Jul 2, 2011

Plum Cobbler for July 4th

Fruit cobblers are as American as it gets. History says that it was concocted by early settlers in the USA when they couldn't get their hands on the usual ingredients for their suet puddings. And since July 4th is just around the corner .... heck, why not. I'm not pro to any country, my country's flag is also red white and blue, with 2 splashes of yellow. So where's the yellow? Umm.. how about the lemon rind in the topping?

And since I've decided to make this into individual servings, I've sort of un-cobbled the cobbler and turned into a spiral instead ... did you know it's called a "cobbler" because the original blobs of biscuits on a large dish is suppose to resemble the cobblestones on the streets?

In any case, this was delicious. We also had some lovely vanilla ice cream to go with it. That, will have to be another post.



5 plums, washed, pitted and sliced

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 tbs cornstarch (you can reduce this to 1/2 tbs, I like my filling gooey)

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

TOPPING: (*Note: this makes enough dough for 2 quantities of the filling)

1 cup flour

1 1/2 tbs sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tbs baking powder

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

2 oz cold butter, diced

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup cream

1/2 - 1 tsp grated lemon peel


1/2 tbs sugar

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon


1 tbs cream



Toss together all filling ingredients. Place in a deep dish and bake in a 180˚C oven for 30 mins.


Mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, grated lemon peel and ground cinnamon.

Place flour mixture in to a food processor together with the diced butter.

Give a few buzzes until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and 1/4 cup cream.

Pour egg / cream mixture slowly through the food processor funnel and buzz a couple of times until just combined. Refrigerate until the filling is ready.

Remove filling from the oven, give it a stir and place balls of dough over the top, or in my case, I spooned the filling into individual ramekins, rolled the dough into thick ropes and coiled them around the top.

Brush with cream. Sprinkle with mixture of 1/2 tbs sugar and 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon.

Bake in oven for about 20 - 25 mins until golden browned.

Serve as is or with vanilla ice cream.

*Note: Since it's too bothersome to halve an egg yolk, feel free to double the recipe for the filling. Otherwise, refrigerate half the portion of dough until your next usage (not too long tho). Thaw well before using.


  1. I love cobbler these look amazing.

  2. we just harvest our own plum.. I wish you could take step by step picture on this recipe.. :((
    But, i'd like to try it, even I know it won't be beautiful as yours ^,^

  3. SV: Hello, thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment.

    Citra: Lucky you, to be able to have your own tree-ripened plums, they would be so much nicer than the imported ones we get here. I'm sorry I don't have step by step pics (I still haven't got my baking coordinated enough to take them in phases) but with your expertise in cooking and baking, I'm sure these would be no problems for you and I'm sure they'll look lovely, just like all your other pics.

  4. still waiting for that vanilla ice cream :))

    plums are great but not in season over here so I'll have to wait a while before trying your recipe :(

  5. Oh, that bottom photo is just divine - all the juices oozing out. Perfect! :)

  6. Nice plum spiral! The ingredients for the topping look more comprehensive, haven't tried one yet with those ingredients. Sounds delicious. How did you manage to measure 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon?

  7. SomethingGood: :D Be patient! We finished it all with the cobbler, haven't had time to make another batch or rather, trying not to... getting too wide at the waist, haha!

    Julia: Hi Julia! That's my favorite pic between the two ... so gooey, so yummy!

    3Cookies: Thanks! 1/8 tsp? Umm ... it's kinda embossed into the handle of my measuring spoon ..... ? :D Are you pulling my leg?

  8. I was but now I understand! I don't have such sophisticated kitchen equipment:) Talking about kitchen equipment I don't even have a standard measuring spoon - need to make some investments!

  9. 3Cookies: LOL!! You crack me up everytime! Sophisticated indeed! But I've always admired folks who can cook without having to measure and still turn out great ... the food, I mean :D

  10. The bottom photo is mouth watering indeed. This looks like such a good Cobbler recipe. I did not know the origin of the name..

  11. I adore these pictures! I can almost smell that rich and sweet dripping plum loveliness!

  12. Culinary Lens: Thank you, altho I'm sure there must be plenty of good recipes out there .... it's just that when I like something, I'll keep doing it the same way for awhile before attempting to tweak it ... kinda like, if it's not broken, why fix it ... :D

    Tiffany: Hi! Thanks much for the lovely comment. I've mentioned this many times before ..... it's a pity we don't have scratch and sniff/taste apps :D

  13. I love cobblers and yours looks so inviting and yummy..I just love the picture with overflowing filling...
    You are really talanted with photography

  14. I've never had a plum cobbler before. It looks so good though.. especially that last photo with the juice dripping out! Mmmmmm

  15. What a great dessert for the 4th. The spiral is a great touch.

  16. deliciously done looks wonderful
    happy 4th of July

  17. thefooddoctor: Hello, thanks for drooping by and for the lovely comment. Made my day! :D

    Elyse: Really? Try it out then. I promise you won't be disappointed. Let me know if you like it when you do.

    briarrose: Thanks! Nice to see you again :D

    Torviewtoronto: Thank you! I believe I missed Canada day, so here's wishing you a happy belated Canada Day! Oopsy ...

  18. These are fabulous! I adore how the fruit has dribbled on the side - it's sending me crazy. Happy 4th July!

  19. Jill Colonna: Hi Jill, haha! Thanks for the lovely comment :D

  20. Ping, these cobblers look delicious! I love fresh plums when used in dessert :)! The lemon peel is a nice addition to the topping! Happy 4th!

  21. Oh, wow, these are beautiful! I love that last photo, too...perfect topping and perfect delectable drip of juice! Happy 4th!

  22. Amy: Thanks! Happy 4th to you and have a great weekend!

    Lizzy: Hi! Thanks much. Happy 4th to you too! Hope you have a fun one!

  23. Ping-Your cobbler looks so beautiful with those gorgeous ripe plums. Our plums here are so way I can make them right now, not even ripe enough, yet.
    In the meantime I'm just marveling at your yummy cobbler, love the one that has the glorious juice running down the sides.
    Have a Hppy 4th to you too!

  24. Hi Elisabeth! Nice of you to share your weekend with me here. Sorry to hear that plums are so expensive over there ... perhaps a mango cobbler? That'll be a change and pretty exotic and Florida-ish :D
    Have been admiring and drooling over your mangoes.

  25. Wow Ping, I love the looks of your plum cobbler! I have to practice making this to really treat my guests with this elegant looking dessert! They look like souffles! Thank for this brilliant dessert idea!
    I got my dehydrator from a garage sale in my neighborhood. It's a regular sized one that I store easily out of sight after use. It is really fun to use. Cheers!!!

  26. Hi Art. Thanks for coming by and dropping in this lovely comment as well as answering my question about the dehydrator. So they DO make home-sized ones ... keeping my eyes open for them now.

  27. Love the swirled topping! Makes me think of cinnamon rolls hehe. This cobbler sounds like a great summer dessert.

  28. Hi Xiaolu. Hmm, yes it does sound a lot like cinnamon rolls ... with a crunch! Thanks for stopping by.

  29. Thats so pretty! I love the topping... Those swirls look gorgeous! And that plum oozing out adds to the appeal... mmmm... Fabulous dessert! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Harried Cook: Hi! Thanks for coming by and for the lovely comment. Btw, I enjoyed the"ooze" too ... yum! :D

  31. Holy wow ping! Thay second pic (with the "ooze") is outstanding!

    Ive never seen a plum cobbler but this sure does sound fork worthy! Beautiful job as always!

  32. Hi Kita! Haha! Lucky for me then, if it's the first you've seen ... nothing to compare to ... phew. Thanks!

  33. Ping, Happy 4 July again. These look lip smacking. Send in your submission for my approval. I don't need to lose pounds, I don't need to be strong, I don't need to be resilient and I want to DROOL! Let your horse come!! LOL!

    1. Happy 4th July to you and your hubby too! Haha! Looks like we have lots to submit to each other!
      All submissions closed until further reduction of kgs! :)