A cobbler is a classic American dessert that is made of a very simple quick batter and dotted with fruit. Perhaps pineapple is not what you most associate with cobbler, it may be overshadowed by the peach or even the apple, but really just about any sliceable fruit or berry can be turned into a cobbler… This version is my husband’s absolute favorite as I have been making it for him for years.
This specific little dish of sweetness was made for him to top a special little dinner we had about a month ago to celebrate our engage-aversary. The dinner was made up of Shrimp Mozambique over white rice, a glass of wine and finished off with the cobbler.
This time of year we have robust peaches, pears and apples in this part of the country. Earlier in the year we have berries of all kinds. But, what we have year round is canned and frozen fruit and either will work nicely here. You may say, why on earth use canned fruit when there is so much fresh fruit available right now? Well, for one, like I said it is my husband’s favorite. For two it’s what I had on hand, I didn’t happen to have a fresh pineapple hanging around. And for three, if unless using a berry, that whatever fruit you use is prepared at least to an “al dente” or slightly softened stage before adding in. That is an additional step I didn’t have time for on this particular fine evening. Pineapple chunks it is! But, the batter is the same no matter the fruit! So get creative with it!
Recipe for Pineapple Cobbler:
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar (up to one cup for not sweet fruit)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained (or desired fruit)
Pre-heat oven to 375°F. (Oven must be properly heated, do not skip this step)
In a medium size mixing bowl combine flour, salt, sugar and baking powder. Wisk together. Add in milk and vanilla. Wisk together. Add in melted butter. Wisk together slowly to combine. Once the batter is smooth pour into a 9″x13″ baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Spread batter into a thin layer all the way to the edges. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden.
Cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.